Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Scarlet Ibis of Trinidad & Tabago

As the national bird of Trinidad, the scarlet ibis is featured on the Trinidad & Tabago coat of arms. At birth, a young ibis is grey and white, and as they get older, their diet of tropical red crabs gradually changes their body pigment to scarlet. The long curved beak is used to probe for food in mud and shallow water, guided mostly by touch, while also using the beak to clean and smooth its feathers. Seeking shelter in tropical rain forests, ibis populations nest in large breeding colonies where the male and female both care for the young.

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