Andean Ibis Theristicus branickii Scientific name definitions

Fernando Medrano and Peter Pyle
Version: 2.0 — Published May 12, 2023

Conservation and Management

Not globally threatened; currently considered Near Threatened. However, it is locally considered as Endangered in Chile and Critically Endangered in Ecuador (31, 33).

Uncommon and very local throughout its range. It is most widespread and numerous in Peru ; fewer than 100 probably remain in Ecuador and it now seems to be uncommon in Chile and Bolivia. It is threatened by habitat degradation resulting from overgrazing by livestock and is also hunted locally.

Effects of Human Activity

Habitat Loss and Degradation

Little known. It seems to be sensitive to habitat loss (31), potentially as a result of overgrazing. However, it can use agricultural valleys and human structures (Franzkeit in eBird, Sagastume in eBird).

Effects of Invasive Species

Nothing known. It is not clear whether feral dogs actually depredate Andean Ibis, but birds are disturbed by them (27).

Hunting and Trapping

It is hunted in Ecuador, but this activity has been reduced after the establishment of Antisana National Park (31).

Pesticides and Other Contaminants/Toxics

Information needed.

Collisions with Stationary/Moving Structures or Objects

Information needed.


Conservation Areas

The establishment and protection of the area around Antisana in Ecuador reduced and almost eliminated hunting entirely (31). Also present in Sangay National Park in Ecuador. In Peru it is also present in the Titicaca National Reserve, Ulla Ulla National Reserve, Choquequirao Reserve, Pui Pui protected area, and Huay Huash protected area (eBird).

Recommended Citation

Medrano, F. and P. Pyle (2023). Andean Ibis (Theristicus branickii), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bkfibi2.02