Family Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)

Least Concern

Sharp-tailed Ibis (Cercibis oxycerca)


Taxonomy

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

Ibis oxycercus

Spix

, 1825,

“in Provincia Pará”; type from Amazonia

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

Virtually nothing known. Nests in trees.

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52770 on 16 October 2018).