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Black-faced Ibis

Black-faced Ibis

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Scientific Name:

Theristicus melanopis


S Chile, N Argentina, Peru.


Carnivore. Insects, worms, frogs, salamander, occasionally rodents.


Habitat:   Grasslands, cultivated areas, marshes, along lakes or rivers, open forests.

Incubation: 28 days / 2-3 eggs

Social structure: pairs, small flocks of 3-12 birds or larger groups in winter.

Weight: 1400g max

Dimensions: 71-76cm

Lifespan: 34,5 max under human care

Estimated population in the wild: 25,000-100,000

Threats: There are no major threats to this species.

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1. They owe their name to a conspicuous patch of bare black skin around their eye and throat.
  2. Their nest is a large pile of sticks or reeds situated on a cliff, on the ground, amongst reeds, or in a tree.


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