Geographical Range North and South America, West Indies
Habitat Marshes, mangroves, lakes, lagoons, swamps
Scientific Name Eudocimus albus
Conservation Status Common

This sociable wading bird is quite common in many parts of its range. It roosts and feeds in flocks, and nests in large colonies, often with birds of other species.

White ibises spend most of their day foraging in shallow water for crabs, crayfish, insects, snails, frogs, snakes, and small fish. They find their prey by wading slowly and probing the mud and water carefully with their long, curved bill.

The birds build their nests in low trees and thickets, from two to 15 feet off the ground. Both male and female cooperate in building the nest, which is usually a platform of sticks, grass, or reeds. The female lays two to three eggs, which hatch after three weeks.

Young white ibises are dark brown with a white belly and rump. Their parents feed them by regurgitating food from their stomachs. They start making short flights after four or five weeks, and by seven weeks are old enough to begin foraging with the colony.