White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)

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

Age: Adult, breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult, non-breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult, non-breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Brazil

Age: Adult, non-breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~60.5 cm (24 in). Adult birds are reddish in the head, neck, upper breast and back. The rest of the body is black with iridescent green feathers. They have a characteristic thin white fringe that borders the face and area around the eyes. Juvenile birds are dull black with white specks in the head and neck.  Similar to Puna Ibis, but bare in mind that White-face ibis is a rare vagrant of uncertain status in Peru.

Status: The White-faced Ibis is considered a vagrant species in Peru. Sight record from Mejía, Región of Arequipa has been questioned. Record from Lima is also questioned. The occurrence of this species in Peru needs to be well documented. It also occurs in Br and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Ibis de Cara Blanca.

Sub-species: White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) Vieillot, 1817.

Meaning of Name: Plegadis: Gr. Plegados, plegadis=Sickle-shaped. chihi: French onomatopoeia for the sound emitted by this bird.

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.