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      ~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….