Theristicus

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Theristicus
Theristicus melanopis 1 Frank Vassen.jpg
Black-faced ibis.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Threskiornithidae
Subfamily: Threskiornithinae
Genus: Theristicus
Wagler, 1832

Theristicus is a genus of birds in the Threskiornithidae family. They are found in open, grassy habitats in South America. All have a long, decurved dark bill, relatively short reddish legs that do not extend beyond the tail in flight (unlike e.g. Eudocimus and Plegadis), and at least the back is grey.

Taxonomy[edit]

Formerly, T. caudatus included T. melanopis as a subspecies, but today all major authorities accept the split. Furthermore, it has recently been suggested that the taxon branickii should be considered a species, but at present most authorities maintain it as a subspecies of T. melanopis.

References[edit]

  • Matheu, E., & J. del Hoyo (1992). Family Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills). pp. 472–506 in: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott, & J. Sargatal (editors). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 1. Ostrich to Ducks. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 84-87334-10-5