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Last posting from my recent visit to the Monte Casino Bird Gardens...

The scarlet ibis is a vivid scarlet bird (50 cm) with a curved bill.

The red ibises live in large groups and fly in V-formation from their roosts to their feeding grounds. Between the normal green color of the landscape they contrast splendidly. The young are brown with a white rump and belly.

The ibises feed in shallow waters along the coast, in the mud flats and in the lagoons. As is known from the zoo, they have to eat a lot of shrimps to retain their color. They sleep in large groups in the mangrove trees along the coast, together with herons.

The ibises breed in young mangroves and if not enough of these trees are found in Suriname, the birds fly away to breed on the coast of Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana or Brazil. In Trinidad they are protected as the the national bird of that island, but they did not breed there for the last 30 years.

This a young bird getting its adult colors. The adults are bright red in color, I may post one later when I get a good enough shot of it.

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