American White Ibis
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General description.

As with all ibis, the White has a long, downward slanting bill, which turns slate gray in non-breeding season. Another mark of this bird are the black wing tips, which are only visible when wings are spread.

Juvenile appearance.

Immature White Ibis are splotchy brown above and white below

Flight pattern.

Like other species of ibis, the White Ibis flies with neck and legs outstretched, often in long, loose lines.

Breeding habits.

The White Ibis breeds and resides along the Atlantic Coast south from North Carolina and the Gulf Coast to Texas.

Calls or song.

The White Ibis emits a series of grunts, "croo, croo, croo" and growls, "hunk-hunk-hunk-hunk."

Population and distribution.

White Ibis are numerous, gathering at dusk in huge roosts in marshes, lagoons and swamps.

Nesting habits.

Ibis build their nests of sticks in trees over water, in which they lay 3-4 greenish-white eggs with dark splotches.
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