Bare-faced Ibis (Phimosus infuscatus)
(aka Whispering Ibis)
Bare-faced Ibis, Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
August 2004

The Bare-faced Ibis is distributed throughout most of South America east of the Andes except for central Amazonia. It is found in marshes, wet meadows, rice fields, savannahs and similar open habitats.

Bare-faced Ibis, Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image It has bare red skin on the face and a long, decurved, pink to yellow bill. In flight its pink legs barely extend beyond its tail, a feature which distinguishes it from flying White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi whose longer legs extend noticeably beyond the tail.

It uses its long bill to probe the ground for worms, etc.

Bare-faced Ibis, Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
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