White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
Status in the Checklist Area - (1) Accidental

A unique looking wading bird of the southern half of the United States. Enjoys shallow water habitat in marshes and the likes where it eats small fish, frogs, worms and other invertebrates. Looks like a large sandpiper when actively probing the mud for food. Very few records exist for B.C. including only one from our checklist area in the early 1900's.

Similar species:
Nothing to consider asides from the very similar Glossy Ibis which is found in the southeast coast of the U.S. and is an extremely unlikely visitor to our area.

Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)
Sibley, D. 2000

Noteworthy Data
Summer, 1902 Luckakuck Creek, Chilliwack A. Brooks 1917 A juvenile was collected on what was then called the "Luck-a-cuck River". The specimen was mounted and donated to the Royal British Columbia Museum. The specimen label, however, reads "November, 1907". (Campbell et al 1990)
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