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White-faced Ibis

Plegadis chihi

White-faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi, Photo © by Robert Shantz

This White-faced Ibis was photographed by Robert Shantz at Wilcox, Arizona.

White-faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi, Photo © by Michael Plagens

These White-faced Ibis are seeking invertebrates flushed from the soil as alfalfa gets a flood irrigation. Arlington Valley, Maricopa Co, Arizona. 29 January 2011.

In the Sonoran Desert large numbers of these wading birds flock to agricultural fields that have just been flood-irrigated. The water forces caterpillars, crickets and other air-breathing creatures out of the soil to become easy prey. Waste water treatment ponds are another favorite habitat for this species in Arizona.

Year-round Resident - Migration from north greatly increase numbers in Winter

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