Scarlet ibises are new addition to Sofia Zoo

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Five scarlet ibises are the newest exotic inhabitants of the Sofia Zoo. They have arrived from Veszprém Zoo in Hungary and are already housed in a spacious aviary specially built for them in the pheasantry of the Birds sector at Sofia Zoo. There, the five ibises have a pond and specially built nesting niches in artificial rocks massif.

Scarlet ibises inhabit humid forests and swamps of South America and they are one of the national symbols of Trinidad and Tobago. Adults’ typical scarlet colour is due to pigments in their food, which consists of crustaceans, molluscs and insects. They live in mixed colonies, which even include birds of other species. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, their conservation status is "least concerned", but their populations in the wild decline. They are listed in CITES Appendix II (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

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