Green Ibis Mesembrinibis cayennensis

  • Order: Pelecaniformes
  • Family: Threskiornithidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Donna Molfetto


Geographic Variation


Related Species

Mesembrinibis cayennensis is the only member of its genus.  The phylogenetic relationships of this genus has not been determined. It has been suggested that Mesembrinibis may be related to the Old World genus Bostrychia because both are solitary, secretive, forest-dwelling bids with dark plumage and crests and similar courtship and reproductive behaviors, but more research is needed (Hancock et al. 1992).

Recommended Citation

Molfetto, D. (2011). Green Ibis (Mesembrinibis cayennensis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.