Long down-curved bills
Three Ibis species related to spoonbills, have long down-curved bills, which probe the bottom of swamps, streams and ponds. The white ibis (ibis blanco; Eudocimus albus) is the most often seen, especially in the northwest and the Nicoya areas. It is white with black wing tips (seen in flight) and has a bright red bill and legs, which separate it from the green ibis (ibis verde; Mesembrinibis cayennensis), which is blackish green and more common on the Caribbean Coast.
Pictures by Angela and Jörn Malek. The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.
Text by Lonely Planet.