White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi

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Breeding adult

Large maroon wading bird with a long curved bill. Breeding adults have reddish legs and a bare patch of pink skin in front of the eye, which is bordered in white. In good light, note the metallic green and bronze wings.

Nonbreeding adult/immature

Nonbreeding/immature birds look like adults but lack the bare skin patch and the white border around the eye. Note red eye.

Juvenile

Juveniles are paler brown overall with a paler cheek and patches of white feathers on the neck.

Breeding adult

Flies with its neck outstretched and head slightly drooping.

Nonbreeding adult/immature

Often appears all dark, but note rich chestnut body and metallic bronze-and-green wings and tail.

Breeding adult

Pairs often preen each other during courtship, a behavior known as allopreening.

Habitat

Often perches in low trees and shrubs at the edge of wetlands.

Habitat

Found in fresh and saltwater marshes, wetlands, and flooded fields.

Recommended Citation

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whfibi