White-faced Ibis
Plegadis chihi

CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Ciconiiformes
FAMILY: Threskiornithidae

SIZE:
19 inches in length

RANGE:
East Coast from New York to Florida towards Louisiana

HABITAT:
Marshes and swamps

DIET:
Wild - Insects, frogs, crustaceans, and fish
Zoo - Soaked dog food, fish

DESCRIPTION:

  • Long, thin, down-curved bills; lack feathers on face
  • Adult is uniform bronze brown, which appears black at a distance

FACTS:
Use their long bill for probing in soft mud, holes or under plants to catch slow moving or bottom dwelling prey

YOUNG:
2-5 eggs; Incubation period 21 days; both sexes incubate and feed the young regurgitated food

STATUS:
Not threatened; abundant in parts of its range

REFERENCES:
"The Encyclopedia of Birds," Edited by Dr. Christopher M. Perrins and Dr. Alex L.A. Middleton

"A Guide to Field Identification, Birds of North America," Chandler S. Robbins, Bertel Bruun, and Hubert S. Zim