Family Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)

Least Concern

Sharp-tailed Ibis (Cercibis oxycerca)


French: Ibis à queue pointue German: Spitzschwanzibis Spanish: Ibis rabudo

Ibis oxycercus


, 1825,

“in Provincia Pará”; type from Amazonia




E Colombia (Arauca to Meta and Vichada), W Venezuela (E to Guárico), SW Guyana and adjacent N Brazil (Roraima).

Descriptive notes

76–86 cm. Malar region can be dark brownish grey, and rather inconspicuous. Similar only to sympatric Phimosus infuscatus, but much larger, with different... read more


Quite vocal. Flight call is a very nasal drawn-out trumpeting “tah-taaaah” or “tah-taaah-taaah-... read more


Savannas along margins of lakes, pools, rivers and streams. It also frequents open marshy regions,... read more

Food and feeding

Diet appears to be predominantly insects but also includes amphibians, earthworms, crustaceans and snails. Feeds alone, or more frequently... read more


Virtually nothing known. Nests in trees.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). The global population size is unknown but may be within the range of 10,000–25,000 birds. It is local and uncommon throughout... read more

Recommended citation

Matheu, E., del Hoyo, J., Garcia, E.F.J. & Boesman, P. (2019). Sharp-tailed Ibis (Cercibis oxycerca). 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 18 April 2019).