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Subspecies infuscatus
Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Esteros del Arroyo Maldonado, Uruguay, 30 January 2023.
Subspecies berlepschi
Photo © by Robert Scanlon
Sonso, nr Cali, Colombia, May 2004

Alternative Name: Whispering Ibis

Phimosus infuscatus


46–54 cm (18-21¼ in)

  • Pinkish to reddish-brown decurved bill
  • Red bare skin on face
  • Black overall plumage
  • Reddish-brown iris


Photo © by Celso Paris
Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 2018

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina



Photo © by Rodrigo Conte
Brasilia, Brazil, October 2012

There are 3 subspecies[2]:

  • P. i. berlepschi:
  • P. i. nudifrons:
  • Brazil south of the Amazon
  • P. i. infuscatus:


Wet meadows and pastureland. Savannas, marshes, ricefields; lagoon and pool edges.



Their main diet consists of insects and small invertebrates such as worms and fresh water clams. Seeds and leaves are also eaten.


  1. De la Peña & Rumboll, 1998. Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-09035-1
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)
  5. Neotropical Birds

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