Bare-faced Ibises

Bare-faced or Whispering Ibis (Phimosus infuscatus)
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The Bare-faced Ibis or Whispering Ibis,(Phimosus infuscatus) is found in the swamps of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela in South America.

Ibises resemble herons and share many of their habitats and behavioral traits, but unlike herons, ibises fly with necks outstretched and often in V-formation.


Diet / Feeding

Ibises mostly feed in shallow waters on aquatic insects, mollusks, frogs, and food sifted from the water surface.

Their diet also includes insects caught on land, as well as lizards, worms, skinks, and other small reptiles.



They typically nest in colonies, often with other water birds.

The nests are shallow cup-shaped platforms of sticks, grasses or reeds that are typically situated on trees near a body of water, such as rivers, swamps or lakes. Although some ibises also make their nest amongst rocks and on cliffs,

The average clutch consists of 2 – 4 eggs. The nests are often reused year-after-year.

Alternate Name: Whispering Ibises

Bare-faced or Whispering Ibis (Phimosus infuscatus)

Bare-faced or Whispering Ibis (Phimosus infuscatus)

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson