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Flock of Scarlet Ibis

Price: £569.25 (including 15 % tax)

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From the Llanos region to the Amacuro delta at the mouth of the Orinoco River, more than a third of the area of Venezuela is made up of wetlands, the habitat of choice of the scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber). These waders nest in large colonies in mangroves and move no farther than a few miles to seek food. Carotene derived from the shrimp, crabs, and other crustaceans they eat helps create the characteristic pigmentation of the species. The scarlet ibis’s feathers, at one time used by native populations to make coats and finery, are now a component in the manufacture of artificial flowers. This bird, sought after for its flesh as well as its feathers, is endangered today; fewer than 200,000 survive, in Central and South America.

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