Green Ibis (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)

Order: Ciconiiformes | Family: Threskiornithidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Peru

Age: Adult |  Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~57.2 cm (23 in). The Green Ibis is black with iridescent green feathers. The legs and bill are greenish. When flushed, the Green Ibis give a characteristic call and readily takes to the trees. It is the only ibis in Amazonia except for Buff-necked Ibis, which occurs in open habitats in Pampas del Heath in extreme southeast Peru.   The similar Puna Ibis occur in the high Andes. Their ranges do not overlap.

Status: The green Ibis can be rare to uncommon throughout most of the Amazonian lowlands. Mostly single birds forage along muddy edges of oxbow lakes and swamps. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Ibis Verde.

Sub-species: Green Ibis (Mesembrinibis cayennensis) Gmelin, 1789.

Meaning of Name: Mesembrinidis: Gr. Mesëmbrinos= southern. Idis= bird. cayannensis= originating in Cayenne, French Guiana.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.