Family Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)

Near Threatened

Andean Ibis (Theristicus branickii)


French: Ibis des Andes German: Andenibis Spanish: Bandurria acollarada andina

Theristicus branickii

Berlepsch and Stolzmann

, 1894,

Maraynioc, Pariayacú, Junín, Peru


Formerly, with T. melanopis, considered a race of T. caudatus. Specific separation from T. melanopis recently demonstrated#R, being based on rufous-chestnut of crown continuing smudgily onto face and upper neck (2); lack of a throat wattle (3); whitish vs rusty-buff patch on upper belly (2); broader belly patch (ns[2]); shorter bill (2); and longer tail (2). Monotypic.


Highlands of Ecuador, Peru, NW Bolivia; probably extinct in extreme N Chile#R.

Descriptive notes

71–76 cm. Lacks white on wing. Paler than similar Black-faced Ibis (T. melanopis), less ochraceous foreneck and breast, and usually smaller area of bare skin on... read more


Rather noisy, especially when flying, so that birds can often be heard long before they appear. The... read more


Inhabits the upland puna at 3700–4500m.

Food and feeding

Principally invertebrates. No specific information.


No information available.


No specific information. Altitudinal movements are likely.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened; currently considered Near Threatened. Uncommon and very local throughout its range. It is most widespread and numerous in Peru; fewer than 100... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Andean Ibis (Theristicus branickii). 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 on 15 February 2019).