Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ruby Tuesday- The White Ibis

Mary over at Work of the Poet host Ruby Tuesday. Follow the link in red and look at other Rubies from around the world.

For my Ruby , I chose this one.
Taken in Florida while we were at Sea World.
He was walking around the food area. I had never seen one of these birds. Must have been used to the people for he did not run away.

Known as a White Ibis (Eudocimus Ablus),
For you bird watches here are the classifications;
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Threskiornithidae
Genus: Eudocimus

The White Ibis stands about two feet tall, the legs seen here are red because it was Breeding season. Normally they would be Gray in color. He is all white with the exception of the black tips on his wings, seen when they are opened.

They are mostly found in areas of the Atlantic Coast, from Southern Virginia to Florida. Some are found in the Gulf coast near Texas. They do Migrate keeping to the southern tropical areas from Mexico to Central America.
These birds can fly up to fifteen miles per day searching for food. Eating crabs, crayfish, insects, frogs, snail, Marine worms, snakes and various fish. I would say they are not picky eaters.


  1. We have the scarlet ibis in the bird park here,but I've never seen a white ibis before! so beautiful.

  2. It's my first time to see this bird, it's beautiful. We have same template design hehe it's pretty right?

  3. Now that's a red face! Great Ruby Tuesday capture.

  4. I would have to say that the ibis makes quite a watch dog! One wrong move and old needle-nose here will stitch you to the ground!

    PERFECT for Ruby Tuesday!!!

  5. what a great looking bird here. Just beautiful. In his own way!!!!

  6. I would love to see one of these birds up close and personal! The color red is just spectacular - perfect for Ruby Tuesday!

  7. I love your ibis. He is just stunning.

    Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. I am sorry that I cannot post it because of the link. I heard Google does not like links in the comments.

  8. Oh my gosh...that is one incredible photo!!

    Thanks for stopping by my RUBY TUESDAY

  9. Here we're used to being pestered by the pigeons when we dine al fresco—wonder what would happen if one of these birds showed up! Great shot.

  10. What a unique looking bird. I have never seen one before.

  11. I have not seen a bird like this before. This is why I like blogging, I learn new things every now and then. Its distinct feature is eye-catching.

  12. An unusual and pretty bird!!
    Thanks for stopping by.

  13. The ibis I see in Australia is gray and has black beak. They are a pest. Yours with the red is so lovely.

  14. What a nice picture ! these birds look so funny, I have seen so many of all kinds in Morocco, it was just unbelievable. If you have time have a look here there were hundreds and hundres together with storks !

  15. It seems so pure. Great shot indeed.


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