Red, or Scarlet Ibis (Latin Eudocimus ruber) is the only one among wading birds, which has such a magnificent bright red plumage. Its wonderful bright plumage red ibises do not acquire immediately: grayish-brown and white youth begins to acquire a reddish hue with the onset of the second molt, parallel learning the tricks of the flight. It is noteworthy that their bright red plumage has the same tone throughout the body, and occasionally ends colored in black or dark blue on the wings edges. Flocks of scarlet ibises soar over the vast expanses of South America, migrating between marshes, ocean coast and tropical forests. These birds are very hardy, excellently fly and easily travel long distances, despite the fact that most of life spend on the feet or in the water. In Egyptian mythology the ibis was associated with Thoth. The ancient Greeks believed it was the natural enemy of snakes.
Taking care of the beauty of these birds, nature seems to have completely forgotten about their protection. Scarlet ibises have thin, curved down beak, able only to find suitable food in the muddy water, their claws are not sharp, and the legs are short and weak.
Therefore, for security purposes scarlet ibis get together in groups of 30-40 individuals, which flow into the huge flocks of thousands of birds flying classic wedge. Even unpretentious their nests in the mangroves they build in close proximity to neighbors.
Like the pink flamingos, scarlet ibis owe their coloring to carotene rich shrimp, which they eat in large quantities. Besides crustaceans, these voracious birds feed on shellfish, all kinds of bugs and fish.
In Egyptian mythology the ibis was associated with Thoth. The ancient Greeks believed it was the natural enemy of snakes. Thoth is the Egyptian god most closely associated with intellectual pursuits, including writing and magic. Divine scribe and so-called lord of the sacred words, he often was shown making calculations, recording events, or announcing judgments. Thoth appeared as a yellow baboon, a sacred ibis, or a man with the head of an ibis. As a moon god, he often wore a crown of a lunar disc cradled in a lunar crescent. While Thoth could see into anyone else’s heart, he himself was mysterious and unknown.