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The Scarlet Ibis - The True Red Bird

Updated on July 29, 2013

The Reddest Bird in the World

The Scarlet Ibis is considered the reddest bird in the world.

Although its habitat is primarily in South America, you can see them in almost all zoos in every country.

They are plentiful although they are a protected species.

I hope you enjoy these colorful photos that I have collected from various sources and please participate in the quizzes and poll below.

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"It was in the clove of seasons, summer was dead but autumn had not been born, that the ibis lit in the bleeding tree."

From "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst

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All about the Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis lives primarily in South America in the Llanas region, between Venezuela and Colombia.

I am not sure about your travel plans, but it is not the safest place to visit and I don't ever see myself visiting.

Once in a while errant Scarlet Ibis will end up in other countries and further North. A short story by James Hurst, "The Scarlet Ibis," was about an errant Scarlet Ibis.

The Scarlet Ibis is not shy with humans and has been known to attack them. You will see a video of one of these encounters below.

The male and the female are both bright red, unlike other species where the female is usually pale in comparison. The young Scarlet Ibis has little or no color, probably to help protect it from predators.

Please enjoy these photos and the website.

Happy birding!

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A Stunning Scarlet Ibis Video

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Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago - With the Scarlet Ibis!

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More Video of the Scarlet Ibis

The Big Year - One of the Funniest Movies about Bird Watching that you will ever see.

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The Big Year

I had no idea that this movie was even out until I saw it at the rental store.

This movie has three of the funniest comedians in Hollywood and is about their quest to be the biggest birder.

They travel all over the world to either see or photograph as many bird species as possible.

The whole movie is clean fun and I would highly recommend it.


Scarlet Ibis - John James Audubon Depiction - Somewhere between 1827-1838

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Attack of the Scarlet Ibis - Ever been attacked by a bird?

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Young Scarlet Ibis

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Two Other Scarlett's that aren't Birds

Two Other Scarlett's that aren't Birds
Two Other Scarlett's that aren't Birds

Even if you didn't Enjoy the Scarlet Ibis... - can still take a swim!

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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I see the white ibis in Florida and have seen them in Australia. Wow, what a treat it would be so see a scarlet one.

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      Pat Goltz 5 years ago

      Hey, I don't think a Scarlet Ibis resembles a Crane, but thanks for the thought! I love these birds! Thank you for writing about them.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @RinchenChodron: I don't think he has made it that far but would be quite a site in the Rockies if he did.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      To my knowledge this bird never comes through Colorado. Had never heard of it before - very beautiful!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @MissKeenReviewer: Thank you for being my first visitor! I appreciate it!

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      MissKeenReviewer 5 years ago

      Great lens- I truly enjoyed it especially the quiz part. Nice bird thanks for sharing the beauty of Scarlet Ibis. Love animals and nature.


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