Order Pelecaniformes

Family Threskiornithidae

Ibises, Spoonbills
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  • Medium-sized to large wading and terrestrial birds with longish neck and legs; long bill thin and decurved, or broad and flat.
  • All regions except Antarctic, with greatest diversity in tropics.
  • Variety of wetlands, with some species in forests, grassland and arid or semi-arid areas.
  • 46-110 cm.
  • 14 genera, 35 species, 49 taxa.
  • 8 species threatened;
    1 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Matheu, E. & del Hoyo, J. (2019). Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52207 on 11 December 2019).