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Phimosus infuscatus

Bare-faced Ibis

  • Order: Pelecaniformes
  • Family: Threskiornithidae
  • Polytypic 3 Subspecies

Authors: Matamala, Mateo, and Ornithology Course 2010-20, Universidad de los Andes (edited by Alejandra Echeverri, Iliana Medina, Erika Salazar, Viviana Alarcón & C. Daniel Cadena)

Phimosus infuscatus

Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; 2 March 2009 © Cláudio Dias Timm

The Bare-faced Ibis is a small, dull ibis of open marshes throughout much of South America. It is smaller, and shorter-legged, than any other Neotropical ibis. Gregarious, this species forms flocks of up to several hundred individuals, and often commutes to and from roost sites in long lines and "V's". Seasonal movements generally are related to rainfall. The Bare-faced Ibis feeds in wet meadows and muddy areas, probing with its long, decurved bill. It occurs from northern Colombia east through the Venezuelan llanos and from eastern Brazil west to Bolivia and south to central Argentina.

Recommended Citation

Matamala, Mateo, and Ornithology Course 2010-20, Universidad de los Andes (edited by Alejandra Echeverri, Iliana Medina, Erika Salazar, Viviana Alarcón & C. Daniel Cadena). 2012. Bare-faced Ibis (Phimosus infuscatus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=116636

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Freshwater marshes
  • Foraging Strata:Water (surface)
  • Foraging Behavior:Probe
  • Diet:Aquatic invertebrates
  • Sociality:Single-Species Flocks
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Platform
  • Clutch: 2 - 5
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern