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Sharp-tailed Ibis Cercibis oxycerca

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Sharp-tailed Ibis is a species found in seasonally flooded lowland wetlands in northern South America, where it can be found among several other species of dark ibis in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and Brazil.  Rather unique in appearance, the species is placed in a monotypic genus, Cercibis.  For an ibis, this species shows a rather unusual, elongated body shape with a particularly long tail extension.  Sharp-tailed Ibis is largely glossy black overall, but has a red bill, red facial skin, orange wattles, a whitish cheek patch and red legs.

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Recommended Citation

Sharp-tailed Ibis (Cercibis oxycerca), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: