Puna Ibis (Plegadis ridgwayi)

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

Age: Adult breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Yauyos, Lima

Age: Adult Non-breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Huacarpay, Cusco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Villa Marshes, Lima

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Villa Marshes, Lima

Identification & Behavior: ~60.5 cm (24 in). Adult birds have the head, necks, an upper breast reddish brown. The rest of the body is black with iridescent black-greenish feathers. Juvenile birds are dull black with white specks in the head and neck. Adults have a pink bill and gray legs. Similar to the rare vagrant White-faced Ibis. Also see Andean Ibis and Black-faced Ibis.

Status: The Puna Ibis is common in the high Andes at elevations ranging from 3200 to 4500 m. They favor the muddy edges of bodies of water and wet grasslands. The Puna Ibis also occur in selected coastal wetlands where it can be seasonally common. It also occurs in Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Ibis de la Puna.

Sub-species: Puna Ibis (Plegadis ridgwayi) Allen, 1876.

Meaning of Name: Plegadis: Gr. Plegados, plegadis=Sickle-shaped. ridgeway: After Robert Ridgeway, American Ornithologists and Smithsonian Curator of birds, author of The Birds of North and Middle America, 1901.

Got to the Family Threskiornithidae   peru aves

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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 11/09/2014.