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Andean Ibis - BirdForum Opus

Photo by BirdsPeru (Alejandro)
Ticlio, 4800 meters above sea level in Lima, Peru
Theristicus branickii


  • Greyish upperside
  • Buffy neck gradually more cinnamon on rear neck, crown and sides of head
  • Black skin surrounding eye and black malar
  • Relatively short, curved bill
  • Lower breast pale
  • Legs pinkish
  • In flight shows dark flight feathers and the grey wing coverts can look whitish depending on the light.

Similar species

Black-faced Ibis differs in having black wattle below the bill which is relatively longer. It has a more prominent black area on underside including lower breast, and it has shorter tail.


Andean Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and extreme northern Chile with possible vagrancy into extreme northern Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Andean Ibis and Black-faced Ibis were for a while considered two species, then one, and now again two separate species[2].


Puna grassland


A resident species.

Voice is described as far-carrying, metallic honking, given as double tones.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=209440
  3. Jaramillo, A. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton & Oxford: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117409
  4. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231
  5. del Hoyo, J., N. Collar, and E. F. J. Garcia (2020). Andean Ibis (Theristicus branickii), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bkfibi2.01

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