Keeping an eye on the ibis

Published 12:52 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Eudocimus albus might sound like a spell from Harry Potter, but it’s actually the name of a social wading bird, the white ibis.

On Pea island National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll currently find flocks of white ibises wading in shallow water and feeding on the shore land. They eat fish, frogs, snakes, crabs, marine worms and a variety of other aquatic and wetland creatures.

White ibises don’t mind being in urban settings, too.

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On the Outer Banks it’s not unusual to see groups of them on grassy parks, golf course fairways and school athletic fields, feeding on insects and earthworms.

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