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White-faced Ibis

Plegadis chihi ORDER: PELECANIFORMES FAMILY: THRESKIORNITHIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A dark wading bird with a long, down-curved bill, the White-faced Ibis is a western replacement for the Glossy Ibis. Similar in appearance and habits, the two species can be distinguished only by slight differences in coloring of the face and legs.

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Appearance

Heronlike
Heronlike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Long, down-curved bill.
  • Long dark legs.
  • Body all dark.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but with dark banded bill and duller body.

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Similar Species

  • Herons have straight, not curved bills.
  • Glossy Ibis is extremely similar, but shows an incomplete white border around the face during breeding season that is broken at the back, has dark eyes and face, and black legs.