Return of Bird of the Week: Black-faced Ibis


Tierra del Fuego is the largest island at southernmost tip of South America. Like most island ecologies, it has been heavily impacted by humans, but many of the native birds still occur. One of them is the Black-faced Ibis.

White-faced Ibis, Tierra del Fuego National Park, South America

Black-faced Ibis, Tierra del Fuego National Park, South America

The black-faced ibis is mainly found in southern South America, ranging throughout most of southern and central Argentina¬†and Chile. It’s certainly colorful.

White-faced Ibis, Tierra del Fuego National Park, South America

Black-faced Ibis, Tierra del Fuego National Park, South America

While the Peruvian population is likely extirpated, it’s still pretty common elsewhere in it historic range. Ornithologists get cranky when you ask about this species. It’s not well-studied, there’s a lot of disagreement about subspecies and classification with its relatives, the Black-necked Ibis and the Buff-throated Ibis. It is known that this is an austral migrant, a species that migrates north the Argentine pampas for the southern winter.

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