White-faced ibis Plegadis chihi

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate:

Adult basic:


Similar species:

Curlews much smaller, brown above and white below, not dark and iridescent. Immature White Ibis has a white belly. White-faced Ibis can be distinguished from Glossy Ibis in alternate plumage by its red eye, red facial skin, white border to the facial skin that is of even width and encircles the eye and the red legs. In basic plumage it can be distinguished by the red eye and the lack of any border to the facial skin (which has turned gray). Dark-eyed immatures cannot be distinguished with certainty from immature Glossy Ibis.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.