White Ibis

The White Ibis or American White Ibis is a coastal bird found from Virginia south to Venezuela. It inhabits both coast of Mexico and Central America. In Florida breeding flocks over 30 000 birds have been counted. Total population is estimated at over 200 000.

The White Ibis when on the ground appears totally white with bright orange-red legs. When flying it exposes black wingtips.

They inhabit shallow coastal marshes, wetlands, mangrove swamps and tidal flats. Their food is primarily crayfish, aquatic insects and small fish.

Females nest in trees where they lay 1 – 5 eggs.

White Ibis @ Safari Niagara

  • Safari Niagara is home to two White Ibis.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Threskiornithidae
Genus: Eudocimus
Species: E. albus

Did you know?

  • Breeding success of the White Ibis is partially dependent upon water levels in the habitat.
  • Lower water levels mean prey is easier to find and supply to chicks.