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White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

White Ibis Scientific name: Eudocimus albus
Common name (english): White Ibis
Common name (spanish): Coco Blanco

The White Ibis is a common permanent resident in Cuba. It generally lives in coastal marshes, mangrove and wetlands where it nests in colonies in the surrounding trees. It is not endemic to Cuba as it can be find all over the coastal area of USA, Mexico, Carribeans and down south to Brazil.

Its diet is dictated by what it finds in the water, aquatic insects, crustaceans, small fishes and shrimps.

It is easy to recognise the Coco Blanco when adult because of its white body, black wings tips (visible only when flying), its red legs, face and decurved long bill. The immature displays a brown color above.

 
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