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Black-faced Ibis

Theristicus melanopis

Ciconiiformes - Threskiornithidae - Spoonbills & Ibis

Black-faced Ibis - Adult

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Black-faced Ibis - AdultBlack-faced Ibis - Adult

Distribution: Southern Chile and Argentina.

Habitat: Open country in fields, arid ranchland also marshy areas and borders of lakes and rivers.

Diet: Insects, worms, frogs and occasionally rodents.

Breeding: Nest in colonies on a platform of branches, lined with grass; usually nest on rocky outcrops or cliff ledges.

Clutch size: Two to three eggs.

Incubation: 28 days.


Protocol from Cotswold Wildlife Park

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Protocol established 2000
Used on 5 individuals
Success rate 40.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success 
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1992). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol1. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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