Thursday, 16 August 2007

SCARLET IBIS OR COROCORA




Scientific name: Eudocimus ruber
Dutch: Rode ibis
French: Ibis rouge
Portugese (Brazil): Guará
Spanish (Venezuela, Colombia): Corocoro colorado, Corocora
Surinamese: Flamingo!, Korokoro
Carib: Wala
Arowak: Kolokolo
Warao: Simoku
German: Roter Sichler, Roter Ibis

The scarlet ibis is a vivid scarlet bird (50 cm) with a curved bill. The sensitive bill is used to search for food, mainly small animals in the mud along the coast.
The scarlet ibises live in large groups and fly in V-formation from their roosts to their feeding grounds. They contrast splendidly with the normal green color of the landscape, the brown of the mud flats and the blue of the sky. 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. In these trees they make their nest (a pile of sticks) and both parents take care of the young.
Arie Spaans and Ben de Jong (and Muriël Held) have been counting the numbers of breeding pairs for many years in Suriname and sometimes also in the surrounding countries. They acted for the foundation for the preservation of nature in Suriname (STINASU). The maximum number of breeding pairs in Suriname (35.000 in 1986) is a substantial part of the South American population of the scarlet ibis. But the species is highly migratory and the numbers for Suriname (and other places) fluctuate. 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.

9 comments:

RUTH said...

They had some of these at Colchester Zoo...at first I thouht they ere flamingoes as I'd never seen any other bird of this colour. Magnificent creatures.
Rx

AintNeverScared said...

Oh my goodness! They are breathtakingly beautiful with that color! Especially so when they fly altogether like that! So...they are primarily found in South America? Guess they don't fancy a trip to the "coast" of Illinois then :(

Thanks for sharing this with us!

Audrey said...

I too thought they were flamingoes. I would love to see these for myself such a vibrant colour. Patrick said the wildlife was awesome as he canoed up the Orinocco, and he definitely wants to go back.

Dan said...

Beautiful bird Audrey! We don't have birds as gorgeous as that around NJ, but we do see some wonderful hawks, eagles and vultures during our hikes.

Mousie/Paisible said...

these birds are so extraordinary, really magic...what a great colour...thanks for sharing this...

Gledwood said...

doh! i was wondering wot that bird could have been

and every time i see the bird "heron" written down my mind inserts phantom spelling...

IBIS... wasn't that one of the birds incorporated in Egyptian heiroglyphics???

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Jessica said...

Wow, that bird is really beautiful. Awesome photos!

Gledwood said...

yep ibises definitely remind me... not actually of heirogliphics but of one of the Egyptian "ibis-headed" gods ... haven't a clue which one ..!

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