The Everglades

White Ibis

The white ibis is mostly white with some gray or black on the tips of its feathers. It has a curved beak and orange colored legs.

The white ibis is a wading bird that searches for its food in the shallow waters of the Everglades. It is a touch-feeder and moves its curved beak back and forth waiting for a fish to swim by to catch. It eats small fish like minnows and mosquito fish.

The female lays eggs in a nest up in a tree and will sit on the eggs until they hatch. Both parents take turns feeding the young until they are old enough to fly.

The most important fact about the white ibis is that it is an endangered bird. It breeds in Florida marshes during the months of March and April. It can live in different habitats, from cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, to wet prairies. As long as it is near fresh water for its source of food, it can survive. But man has begun to pollute and drain the Everglades, destroying the habitats of all the animals that live there.

By Brad H.

Produced by students and
teachers at Avocado Elementary

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