- Andean Ibis
 - Andean Ibis
 - Andean Ibis
 - Andean Ibis

Andean Ibis Theristicus branickii Scientific name definitions

Fernando Medrano and Peter Pyle
Version: 2.0 — Published May 12, 2023
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Andean Ibis is a large and charismatic wading bird of the high Andes in South America, but is surprisingly poorly known. Previously considered conspecific with Black-faced Ibis (Theristicus melanopis), Andean Ibis was recognized as a distinct species largely on the basis of morphological differences, including its rufous-chestnut crown that extends onto the face and upper neck, its lack of a throat wattle, shorter bill, and a longer tail. It has been mainly studied in Antisana National Park, which seems to be one of the most important sites for the species in Ecuador. It is classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to the small population size. Threats to the species are not well known, but include hunting and habitat loss.

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