Theristicus melanopis - ZipcodeZoo

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Name Status: Accepted Name.

Last scrutiny: 17-Oct-2001 - Some taxonomic info derived from IOC. The nominate subspecies of the black-faced ibis is mainly found in southern South America, ranging throughout most of southern and central Argentina and Chile, where it occurs from sea-level to

An altitude of approximately 2,500 meters (8,200 ft). It also occurs very locally in coastal Peru. While it remains fairly common in Argentina and Chile, this subspecies has now been completely extirpated from the Peruvian part of its range. The subspecies branickii is restricted to altitudes of 3,000 to 5,000 meters (9,800 to 16,400 ft) in the Andean highlands of Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. It is uncommon, and formerly also occurred in Lauca in far northern Chile. Overall the species is not threatened, and consequently assigned Least Concern by the IUCN. Theristicus melanopis is found in southern Argentina and southern and central Chile, with an isolated population in western Peru.

  • Range Description: It has been characterized as common in southern Chile and Argentina (del Hoyo et al., 1992). In Peru, it is confined to the coast, and was once widespread, but is now almost extirpated (Schulenberg et al .)
  • Native: Argentina, Chile, Peru Breeding range: SA sw Peru, w Chile, s Argentina
  • Reported here: Chile, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, Peru.
  • Population: The population is estimated to number 25,000-100,000 individuals (Wetlands International 2014).
  • > Population Trend: Stable

Map showing distribution of observations of Theristicus melanopis .

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