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White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
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White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)

General Description: White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) are wading birds with long legs and a long, decurved bill. Breeding birds are chestnut colored with glossy black wings, red legs, yellow bill, red facial skin, and a white border around the facial skin. Juveniles are glossy black overall and lack the white facial border. White-faced Ibis are difficult to distinguish from Glossy Ibis, but Glossys are eastern birds (Atlantic and Gulf coasts) and shouldn't be seen around Las Vegas.

Taxonomy: Pelecaniformes, Threskiornithidae, Threskiornithinae.

Favored Habitat: Ponds and marshes.

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
Note the long, decurved bill and chestnut colors

Where to Find: White-faced Ibis are not common around Las Vegas, but look for them at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve and in the Pahranagat Valley.

Comments: These birds are winter visitors in the Las Vegas area.

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) White-faced Ibis juvenile; notice the black-and-white banded bill.
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
Reflections in the marsh
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
White-faced Ibis and reflection in still water
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
White-faced Ibis on the golf course in Death Valley.
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
White-faced Ibis at Ruby Marsh, NE Nevada.
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
White-faced Ibis at Overton Wildlife Management Area
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
White-faced Ibis and American Coots; Ruby Marsh, NE Nevada.
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White-faced Ibis juvenile probing for food
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
White-faced Ibis juvenile; got it!
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
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Ibis feeding in a drying lake
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
Ibis feeding in a drying lake
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
White-faced Ibis and Snowy Egret
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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