White-Faced Ibis

Continuing with the birds we saw on our most recent trip to Squaw Creek last week…

Here’s a bird we’ve never seen before. We came around a corner while driving the refuge’s roads, and we saw a little group of dark iridescent green birds busily poking their bills into the water. We had no idea what they were:

When we got home, we did some research to find out what kind of birds these little guys are.

White-faced_Ibis_by_Dan_Pancamo

White-Faced Ibis      ~photo credit -Wikipedia

According to WhatBird.com,

This medium-sized wading bird is iridescent bronze-brown overall and has a thin band of white feathers around its bare red face, a long, down curved bill, and red eyes, legs and feet. It feeds on invertebrates, frogs and fish. It alternates several shallow rapid wing beats and short glides, and flies in a straight line formation. Sexes are similar.

  • White-faced ibises are declining throughout North America, where continuing threats include draining of wetlands and the widespread use of pesticides.
  • It is thought that the largest white-faced ibis nesting colony in the world can be found in the marshes around the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
  • A group of ibises has many collective nouns, including a “congregation”, “stand”, and “wedge” of ibises.

We found them to be fascinating birds to watch – so busy and quick moving. Cute!

More birds to come….

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Suzanne

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2 Responses

  1. Jeanne L says:

    Those really are cute birds! I’ve never seen any of them. Maybe we don’t have them in our area. Squaw Creek must be a fascinating place to visit.

  2. Linda says:

    This one really was a puzzlement to me. I just saw my first “weird” ibis a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was a glossy ibis, but when I saw this, I decided it might have been white-faced. Now, a bird expert friend from Florida has told me that the one I saw was the glossy. Here it is. She says it’s the gray bill and legs that differentiates the glossy from the white-faced. So now we know!

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