Black Faced Ibis | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Black Faced Ibis

Theristicus melanopis

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Found throughout Southern and Western South America, the unmistakable Black Faced Ibis is a large and sociable bird that is as comfortable on the ground as it is soaring at high altitudes. The Ibis generally travel in pairs or small groups and feed on worms and insects as well as small amphibians and rodents.

Native Range →

Argentina, Chile and Peru

Natural Habitat  →

Grasslands, wetlands and forest

Diet  →

Insects, worms, amphibians, young birds, small mammals and moluscs

Life Expectancy  →

15-20 years in the wild. Up to 20 years in zoos

Breeding  →

2 eggs from a 28 day incubation period

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Habitat loss

Fun fact

The Black Faced Ibis long and slender bill is curved, with slit-like nostrils at the bill base. This morphological feature allows them to breathe whilst feeding and probing through water and mud.

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