Andean Ibis Theristicus branickii Scientific name definitions

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



Mainly in highlands of Ecuador, Peru, and northwestern Bolivia (20); probably extirpated in the Andes of Chile (21). It has been recorded year-round in different lowland valleys in Peru and Chile (22, 16; see eBird).


Mainly occurs in the area of Antisana National Park. However, it was also discovered occurring along the Salayambo, Yanacocha, Chalupas, and Huahui rivers (23).


Present mainly in the Andes, from Huascarán National Park, Ancash to Puno. It is also present in the lowlands, on the western side of the Andes (16), where it seems to be more common than in the past (see eBird).


Mainly present near Titicaca and La Paz, with extralimital records near Oruro (van der Meer in eBird) and Cochabamba (García-Solís in eBird, Veizaga in eBird).


Formerly occurred in the northern Andes in Chile, but is likely now extirpated there (21). Present in the lowland valleys of Azapa (22), Lluta, Chaca, and Camarones (see eBird), where apparently there is a stable population; it is not clear whether these birds are winter migrants (24), or if they might be breeding somewhere in those valleys.

Extralimital records

Recorded in “Los Toldos,” near Salta, Argentina (25). There is also an extralimital record from Pintados, in the Tarapaca region in Chile (Figueroa, personal communication).

Historical Changes to the Distribution

Formerly in Lauca National Park in the Chilean Andes, but now is extirpated from there (24). It is unknown if the distribution was more extensive.

Distribution of the Andean Ibis - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Andean Ibis

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