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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Eudocimus ruber (Scarlet Ibis)


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Species Description
The Scarlet Ibis, a long-legged and –necked wading bird related to the spoonbills, is found in tropical intertidal zones of South America and Trinidad and Tobago; it is the national bird of Trinidad. It lives in swamps and mudflats, where it searches for food using its long, thin, down-curved beak to probe the water. The Scarlet Ibis eats mostly crustaceans, with occasional fish and other small vertebrates taken as well. Its brilliant scarlet plumage, for which it is named, comes from carotenoid-based compounds in its food (specifically, red crabs). Said plumage does not develop until adulthood; juveniles are gray and white.
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Right Femur (Right Femur)

Left Femur (Left Upper Leg Bone)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Furcula (Wishbone)

Right Tibiotarsus (Middle Leg Bone, Right)

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Left Ulna (Lower Arm Bone )

Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Left Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Left Middle Leg Bones)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Scarlet Ibis Page

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