Andean Ibis Theristicus branickii
(aka Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis branickii)
Andean Ibis, Antisana Ecological Reserve, Ecuador, November 2019 - click for larger image Antisana Ecological Reserve, Ecuador
November 2019

The Andean Ibis is distributed in the highlands of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia where it is found on the puna at between 3,700 and 4,500 metres. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. This photo was taken at 4,050 metres.

Previously lumped with Black-faced Ibis T. melanopis, it is now split on the basis of the rufous-chestnut of the crown continuing onto the face and upper neck; the lack of a throat wattle; a shorter bill and a longer tail.

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