Detroit Zoo African Spoonbill

Scarlet ibis

At the Detroit Zoo
The scarlet ibis can be found inside the Matilda R. Wilson Free-Flight Aviary where more than 30 species of birds are free to fly, walk or swim among the cover of lush tropical plants in a warm and inviting climate.

The scarlet ibis is bright scarlet red (sometimes orange-red or deep pink) with black wing tips. Its head, neck and under-parts are often paler. The beak – longer and more curved in males – sometimes becomes blackish to a variable extent, especially during the breeding season. The legs are also pinkish to reddish, with blackish-brown nails.

Scientific name: Eudocimus ruber
Continent: South America
Habitat: Mud flats, mangrove swamps, marshes and lagoons
Size: 22 to 24 inches
Weight: 3 pounds
Diet: Crayfish, crabs, insects, frogs and fish
Reproduction: Three to five eggs that incubate for 20 days
: 15 to 20 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern



Young scarlet ibis are able to swim before they can fly.