AMERICAN WHITE IBIS(Endocimus albus) – (See images below)
DESCRIPTION: The White ibis is a wading bird with a long, thin and down-curved bill, and long legs. Plumage is white except for the wing tips, which are black. Bill is red-orange, as well as the featherless facial skin and the legs. Male is larger than the female. Bird length around 65 cm (25 inches).
NAME: ‘Ibis’ would have an Egyptian origin (Choate). Latin genus name ‘Eudocimus’ means ‘famous, in good standing’. Latin species name ‘albus’ means ‘white’.
HABITAT: Wetlands such as swamps, marshes, coastal mangroves, shallow ponds.
DIET: Forages in water for insects and crustaceans, especially crayfish.
NESTING: Breeds in colonies near bodies of water. Nest placed in a shrub. Two to five light blue-green eggs are laid, incubated by both parents. Chicks fed by both parents.
DISTRIBUTION: Breeds along the coast of southeast USA, Mexico and the Caribbean, and Central America. Usually year-round resident, but outside breeding season can wander far from its normal range.
CONSERVATION: Population large and stable, not at risk. One issue is conflicts with crayfish farm fishermen in Louisiana, who might shoot them when the birds prey on their crayfish.
SIMILAR SPECIES: Glossy Ibis (with immature American White Ibis)
REFERENCES: (University of Michigan) (New Hampshire PBS)

White ibis & black-bellied whistling ducks - Rockport Country Club, TX - Feb. 17, 2017 - by Jodi Arsenault
American White Ibis and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks – Rockport Country Club, TX – Feb. 17, 2017 – by Jodi Arsenault