Monday, August 23, 2010

A Pink Ibis

A PINK IBIS
August 23rd

Got a heads-up on a pink ibis in the Bonita Springs area. Headed directly over to the sight.  But the birds had moved and were found a few blocks over.  The individually is more pinkish, but obviously a scarlet-white ibis hybrid.  It seemed to be puffed up to dry off following a mornings rain.

Pink Ibis are seen locally but not often and can vary in their coloration.  A bright red bird has been seen as well as these much paler hybrids. The white ibis is a very numerous local bird.  They are actually yard birds here.  But the scarlet ibis is a non-native species from Venezuela and the Trinidad and Tobago Islands.  So like so many exotics here in Florida, the parent(s) were probably escapees.

Also during the drive over and back found a pair of Gray Kingbirds and a Coopers Hawk.


Found the flock

Flock located in a Bonita Spring, Florida neighborhood

A Pink Ibis - Scarlet x White Ibis hybrid

Appears to be drying its feathers after the rains

With the flock - Obvious difference in coloration

26 comments:

  1. Awesome birds! I've seen Glossy and White faced but never anything as exotic as these.

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  2. August 27, 2011

    Sighted a beautiful pink ibis on my early morning walk in Sarasota this morning. Whitfield Avenue north of University Park. Have poor cell phone picture.

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  3. saw two brilliant pink ibis in Port Orange Nov 26, 2011. No black, all pink, and they were mating! Site: Cypress Head Golf Course, Port Orange, Fl.

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  4. cool! wish i could see one of those! only ibis' i see around here are white faced

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  5. Pink ibis in my backyard in Englewood, Florida this morning. I didn't get a picture of it. It took a smelt, so maybe it'll be back tomorrow.

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  6. Saw a pink ibis today in Lakeland.

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  7. Been recently seeing many pink Ibis birds, with the white Ibis, in our pasture in Hillsborough County.....they are really pretty

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  8. How can I attach a photo of one??

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  9. Almost every morning 2 pink ibis fly over our house just south of the Anna Maria pier. Usually just after sunrise.

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  10. We saw two beautiful pink ibis in Cape Coral this evening (corner of Pine Island Road and Burnt Store Road).

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    1. I recently spotted a pale pink ibis in the shallows off North Shore Park. I took some pictures but they are not very good. Poor light.

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  11. Pink ibis in my backyard today. Melbourne, FL. it seems more pink in color than the one in the photos on this site. Can I attach photos?

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  12. Pink ibis in my backyard today. Melbourne, FL. it seems more pink in color than the one in the photos on this site. Can I attach photos?

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    1. Yes PLease. This is one of my most active postings and additional information would be welcome on these birds. Thanks Steven.

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    2. Yes PLease. This is one of my most active postings and additional information would be welcome on these birds. Thanks Steven.

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  13. On 6 March 2016, saw a pink ibis next to a white ibis (so color was obvious) slightly north of the northwest corner of Dairy Road and Palm Bay Road.

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  14. Pink Ibis on the Withlacoochee Prairie Lake in Spring Hill for the past few days. If I can get a picture I'll post.

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  15. I saw a single pink ibis fly over the lake in my backyard. Beautiful ! I wasn't sure what it was until I found your site. Thank you.

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  16. I have one that hangs out in the lake behind my house often. Wellington/west lake worth area

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  17. It as no accident that the scarlet Ibis arrived in Florida. It was intentional. A man by the name of Carter Bundy brought a clutch of red Ibis to mate with the white ibis that we have here.
    Since red = white equals pink this is what we now have. Red Ibises prefer breeding with each other so his plan did not happen. You can read about this in an old National Geographic, Dec. 1967. The article is interesting and evidence of why non natives shouldn't be introduced without sufficient study.

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  18. We were out on the caloosahatchee river today and on an island just south of the drawbridge there were a ton of woodstorks. As we were looking at them 4 pink, very distinctly pink, birds flew in to the center. Thinking they might be flamingos we tried to get closer for a couple of pictures a single bird flew overhead and we saw it had an ibis head and beak.

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  19. Pink Ibis seen in Central Brevard County, Rockledge and Merritt Island. Indian River Lagoon areas.

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