Deze rode ibis loopt in Hooghalen (Rechten: Marije Kanaar)

Scarlett Ibis keeps people busy: ‘No one knows where it comes from’

Since the bird is usually only shown in the northern part of South America, you would think it must be an escaped specimen. Notably, a scarlet ibis appeared near The Hague last week, although the bird was ringed. This does not apply to IPS who live in Trente. “Many scarlet stones may have escaped. We do not know where they came from, so they may have been more sighted,” Stumble says.

Will the scarlet ibis Dutch survive the winter?

It is estimated by experts that the settlement in the Netherlands traveled nine thousand kilometers and did not have a bright color appearance with its characteristic curved bill. According to Stumble, the only native ibis species to show itself in general in Europe is the black ibis. “It breeds mainly in southern Europe and occasionally manifests itself in the Netherlands, but it has a darker spot and is much less noticeable.”

“The scarlet ibis may have escaped several months ago and survived the Dutch winter. It is only possible if the winter is not so severe. In South America they always have food at their disposal, they eat worms and water bugs” but when it freezes here, they do not know how to get food. It was a very cold season here last winter, and the question is whether those birds will survive. “

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‘Special look’

Wilma Joling, who saw the crimson ibis in Hooghly yesterday, was surprised to see a bird flying in the grass all evening. “My husband has seen it before and has already told me that there is a special bird in front of the house in that country.” The reason for staring at the striking bird. They enjoyed the tropical wonder up to twenty meters. “After all, you don’t see something like this every day. It’s really a special look,” she thinks.

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According to Joling, it is not possible to approach more than twenty meters. “Then he immediately ran away,” he says. This bird attracted a lot of attention from other neighbors and a few bird watchers. “But no one can tell where it came from,” she laughs. Joling and her husband Ibis were allowed to run its course. “When we looked at the ground again the next morning, it flew.”


So far, the animal ambulance has not been able to catch the scarlet IPS. If that task is successful, the bird will first be tested to see if it has been cut to determine its appearance. If it is not, a house can be searched for IPS. “It’s up to the animal ambulance. Maybe he’ll still come to us at the zoo, then we’ll have six,” Wildlands Wet Stumble laughs.

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