Scarlet Ibis ( Eudocimus ruber )
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The Scarlet ibis lives in the northern part of South America. It can be found in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela including Guyana and French Guyana) and along the coast of Brazil to the Amazon Delta.
Eudomicus rubber has got a sparkling scarlet plumage, long grayish bill, black eyes and long scarlet legs. Its wings are wide with black stripes at their end. Its size is 69 cm (27 inches). Sexes are alike. Young birds are duller and have got brown and white colored feathers.
This large wader tends to live in a nest made of mud, sticks and vegetation. The nest is situated close to lakes, on islands, in slow-flowing rivers, swamps and mud areas. This closeness to the water areas may be sometimes dangerous, as crocodiles catch them for food. Small offspring may also fall down from the nest, which is the easiest prey for predators. The female bird lays down two pale blue or pale green eggs with brown markings. These exotic colored birds generally feed on small crustaceans, fish, amphibians and other water sources.