This Scarlet Ibis nearly knocked my camera out of my hands! It flew right in front of me onto the railing! It's natural habitat is tropical South America and islands of the Caribbean.

Here's a bit about it from the Bird Kingdom's website:

The Scarlet Ibis is the only shorebird with red coloration in the world.

In form it resembles most of the other twenty-seven extant species of ibis, but its remarkably brilliant scarlet coloration makes it unmistaken. This medium-sized wader is a hardy, numerous, and prolific bird, and it has protected status around the world. Its IUCN status is "least concern". The legitimacy of Eudocimus ruber as a biological classification, however, is in dispute. Traditional Linnaean taxonomy classifies it as a unique species, but an increasing number of scientists have moved to reclassify it as a subspecies of a more general American ibis species, along with its close relative Eudocimus albus.

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