Sharp-tailed Ibis (Cercibis oxycerca)

Sharp-tailed Ibis

[order] CICONIIFORMES | [family] Threskiornithidae | [latin] Cercibis oxycerca | [authority] Spix, 1825 | [UK] Sharp-tailed Ibis | [FR] Ibis a queue pointue | [DE] Spitzschwanz-Ibis | [ES] Ibis Rabudo | [NL] Stekelstaartibis

Subspecies

Monotypic species

Genus

The Sharp-tailed Ibis (Cercibis oxycerca) is a species of bird in the Threskiornithidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Cercibis. It is found in Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland. Rather unique in appearance, the species is placed in a monotypic genus, Cercibis. For an ibis, this species shows a rather unusual, elongated body shape with a particularly long tail extension

Physical charateristics

For an ibis, this species shows a rather unusual, elongated body shape with a particularly long tail extension. Sharp-tailed Ibis is largely glossy black overall, but has a red bill, red facial skin, orange wattles, a whitish cheek patch and red legs.

Listen to the sound of Sharp-tailed Ibis

[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/CICONIIFORMES/Threskiornithidae/sounds/Sharp-tailed Ibis.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto


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size min.: 76 cm size max.: 86 cm
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Range

South America : North. Sharp-tailed Ibis is a species found in seasonally flooded lowland wetlands in northern South America, where it can be found among several other species of dark ibis in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and Brazil.

Habitat

Seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland.

Reproduction

Tree nester, no further data.

Feeding habits

Solitary feeder or sometimes in small groups. No exact data on diet, but probably feeds like other Ibises on insects and invertebrates, cuaght by picking and probing the surface.

Video Sharp-tailed Ibis

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io4-00Qb5uc

copyright: D. Ascanio


Conservation

This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size may be moderately small to large, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Sharp-tailed Ibis status Least Concern

Migration

Probably sedentary

Distribution map

Sharp-tailed Ibis distribution range map

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