Gaudy “Flamingos” Return to Florianópolis Mangroves after 200 Years

The colors of the Scarlet Ibis - birds resembling flamingos - have returned to embellish Florianópolis, in Santa Catarina, after more than 200 years. The species had not been seen on the island since 1773.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A large group of the birds was seen this week near the Manguezal do Itacorubi. There are also sightings of them in Saco dos Limões, Daniela, Carijós Ecological Station, and the Pirajubaé Reserve.

The Scarlet Ibis returned to Florianópolis after conservation work in the mangroves of the capital. The areas managed by ICMbio (Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation) and by the City Hall of the Capital, are preserving the typical fauna and flora.

"If there were no conservation area, perhaps there would be no mangrove swamps or Scarlet Ibis," explains researcher Fabr . . .

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