American White Ibis

An opportunistic bird commonly found lurking about while visiting tourist areas in Florida, is the American White Ibis. Despite naturally foraging through the mud for small fish and crayfish with its long, curved orange beak for meals, the White Ibis has adopted scavenging behavior in locations with outdoor food courts and eating areas; exhibiting a type of gull behavior from unnatural feeding by handouts or finding scraps. Though it may not be on the endangered species list, changing eating behavior and quality threatens the bird's ability to survive in the wild and distribute nutrients like phosphorus across broad areas of travel.

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