White-faced Ibis

About the White-faced Ibis

Also known as: White-faced Glossy Ibis

The White-faced Ibis is a species of wading bird found in central and western parts of North America. Birds winter across Mexico and parts of Central America. A separate non-migratory population lives in eastern South America.

White-faced Ibises are colonial breeders, building their nests in short trees or bushes, always near marshes. They feed on a variety of invertebrates that they find by probing into sand or soil with their bills. White-faced Ibises are related to and highly resemble Glossy Ibises.

The world population of White-faced Ibises is increasing, and as of November 2014 their conservation status is least concern.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 19 November 2014
Scientific Name
Plegadis chihi
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Threskiornithidae
  • Plegadis
  • P. chihi
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18.1 to 22 inches
15.9 to 18.5 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Caraúna-de-cara-branca
Chinese (汉语) 白脸彩鹮
Czech (Cesky) ibis americký
Danish (Dansk) Hvidmasket Ibis
Dutch (Nederlands) Witmaskeribis
Finnish (Suomi) amerikanpronssi-iibis
French (Français) Ibis à face blanche
German (Deutsch) Brillensichler
Italian (Italiano) Ibis facciabianca
Japanese (日本語) カオジロブロンズトキ [kaojiroburonzutoki]
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvitgrimeibis
Polish (Polski) ibis amerykanski
Russian (русский язык) Очковая каравайка
Spanish (Español) Morito Cariblanco
Swedish (Svenska) Vitpannad bronsibis
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