Plegadis (White-faced, Glossy, & Hybrid) Ibis photos © Bill Schmoker

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Photos from Beebe Draw, Weld County, Colorado 4/23/05

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Adult alternate White-faced Ibis. Note primarily the red eye, reddish facial skin, and white facial border that wraps completely behind the eye.

Close-up of adult alternate White-faced Ibis head.

Another adult White-faced Ibis. Note the reduced white border on this individual. I don't know if this is a young bird or if it is an adult that hasn't reached full alternate plumage yet. Still, note the red eye and reddish facial skin.

Adult alternate Glossy Ibis. Note the dark eye, the bluish-gray facial skin, and the blue-tinged white facial border above and below the facial skin but not behind the eye.

Same adult alternate Glossy Ibis as above.

For comparison, the adult alternate Glossy Ibis (left) with an adult alternate White-faced Ibis (right.)

Close-up showing head details of adult alternate Glossy Ibis.

Hybrid adult alternate Glossy x White-faced Ibis. The eye isn't as red as in White-faced, but isn't as dark as Glossy. The facial skin is violet, grading to bluish-gray towards the bill. The facial border looks mostly white, without the bluish tinge of pure Glossy.

Same adult alternate hybrid Glossy x White-faced Ibis.

Close-up showing head details of adult alternate hybrid Glossy x White-faced Ibis.

All photographs copyrighted by the author. Publication-quality 300dpi versions and prints of many of the images contained in this web site are available- inquiries welcomed- email bill@schmoker.org