The American white ibis is found close to salt, brackish, and fresh marshes, rice fields, and mangroves from the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States south through northern South America. The white ibis uses its long, curved bill to probe the shallow waters for food such as crabs and crayfish. It also forages on land, where it can swallow small animals like insects and frogs.
These birds are very sociable. They live in large flocks which sometimes include other wading birds as well. The American white ibis hybridizes with the scarlet ibis. They are sometimes considered conspecific.
The above picture was taken at the Athens Zoological Park, in June, 2007.
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