Andean ibis

Theristicus branickii

The Andean ibis is a species of bird in the family Threskiornithidae. It is found in grassland and fields in western South America. This species was considered a subspecies of the black-faced ibis, and some taxonomic authorities still consider it so.
Andean ibis - couple grooming, Antisana Ecological Reserve, Ecuador Another lucky encounter. This bird is very rare in Ecuador and near threatened in general. Most observations from Ecuador are in this area (eastern high lands) yet still our guide and driver Luis Perez had never seen one in his life. To add to the excitement, it was an upclose meeting with a very cooperative couple.

Some sources consider this to be the Black-faced Ibis, where the Andean Ibis is a subspecies. 
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/129992/andean_ibis_-_couple_antisana_ecological_reserve_ecuador.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/129990/andean_ibis_-_posing_antisana_ecological_reserve_ecuador.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/129993/andean_ibis_antisana_ecological_reserve_ecuador.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/129989/andean_ibis_-_closeup_antisana_ecological_reserve_ecuador.html Andean ibis,Antisana Ecological Reserve,Ecuador,Ecuador 2021,Geotagged,South America,Spring,Theristicus branickii,World

Appearance

It has a total length of approximately 75 centimetres. The head, neck and lower chest are buffish, the crown and nape are cinnamon, the upperparts and chest-band are grey, the belly and flight feathers are black, and the wing-coverts are whitish.

The bill, throat-wattle and bare skin around the eyes are blackish and the legs are red. The throat-wattle is smaller, the bill is shorter, the wing-coverts are greyer, the lower chest is paler and the cinnamon on the crown and nape is brighter and more extensive when compared to the black-faced ibis.
Andean ibis (Theristicus branickii) Satipo Road, Toldopampa, Junín, Peru. Dec 1, 2020 Andean ibis,Geotagged,Peru,Spring,Theristicus branickii

Distribution

The Andean ibis is restricted to altitudes of 3,000 to 5,000 metres in the Andean highlands of Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. It is generally uncommon, and formerly also occurred in Lauca in far northern Chile.
Andean ibis - closeup, Antisana Ecological Reserve, Ecuador Another lucky encounter. This bird is very rare in Ecuador and near threatened in general. Most observations from Ecuador are in this area (eastern high lands) yet still our guide and driver Luis Perez had never seen one in his life. To add to the excitement, it was an upclose meeting with a very cooperative couple.

Some sources consider this to be the Black-faced Ibis, where the Andean Ibis is a subspecies. 
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/129992/andean_ibis_-_couple_antisana_ecological_reserve_ecuador.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/129991/andean_ibis_-_couple_grooming_antisana_ecological_reserve_ecuador.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/129990/andean_ibis_-_posing_antisana_ecological_reserve_ecuador.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/129993/andean_ibis_antisana_ecological_reserve_ecuador.html Andean ibis,Antisana Ecological Reserve,Ecuador,Ecuador 2021,Geotagged,South America,Spring,Theristicus branickii,World

Status

The Andean ibis is restricted to altitudes of 3,000 to 5,000 metres in the Andean highlands of Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. It is generally uncommon, and formerly also occurred in Lauca in far northern Chile.

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Status: Near threatened
EX EW CR EN VU NT LC
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPelecaniformes
FamilyThreskiornithidae
GenusTheristicus
SpeciesT. branickii
Photographed in
Ecuador
Peru