Monday, February 25, 2013

Scarlet Ibis

The top photo is of three Scarlet Ibis deep within the Caroni Swamp in Trinidad. The Scarlet Ibis is a perplexing species. Many ornithologists consider them to be only a color phase of the White Ibis. Interbreeding occurs in captivity, when captive individuals are released in each other’s range, and among wild birds in South America. Scarlet Ibis that are seen in Florida are often escaped from zoos or racetracks or the offspring of these escapees and wild White Ibis. In south Florida (where I took the lower photo of a White Ibis), if you are not careful when you look up, ibis can also be perplexing.

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