Tuesday, 10 November 2009

A beautiful red

The Eudocimus Ruber (in Spanish corocoro or garza roja, in English Scarlet Ibis) are gorgeous birds living across the Northern part of South America and some even up to Florida (although now much less). You can see them from time to time when you drive or sail along the Venezuelan coast. They love mangroves, lagoons, swamps. Their beaks are just perfect to catch the worms and crustaceans (specially crabs) as well as insects and seeds found in their habitat. The feather colour comes fro the pigment found in the crustaceans they eat.

When I see these birds they always steal a smile from me.

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