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Yearly visitors – White-faced Ibis

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Arizona’s vast and diverse landscapes are not just a haven for adventurers and nature enthusiasts; they are also home to a myriad of fascinating bird species. Among these avian treasures is the striking White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi), a bird that captivates with its subtle elegance.

The White-faced Ibis is a migratory bird found throughout North and South America, recognizable by their long, curved bills and iridescent plumage. These birds stand out against the backdrop of the state’s varied habitats.

In Arizona, White-faced Ibises are often spotted in shallow wetlands, flooded fields, and agricultural areas. They are skilled foragers, using their slender bills to probe the mud for insects, crustaceans, and small fish. Their distinctive calls echo across the marshlands and fields, adding to the ambiance of these serene environments.

During the breeding season, which typically occurs from March to July, White-faced Ibises engage in elaborate courtship displays. Males perform aerial acrobatics and vocalizations to attract mates, forming pairs that collaborate in building nests among reeds or low shrubs near water sources. 

The White-faced Ibis is a symbol of resilience and adaptability in Arizona’s diverse ecosystem. Whether seen gliding gracefully over agricultural fields or foraging amidst marsh reeds, these birds inspire awe and admiration among all who encounter them. By appreciating and protecting their habitats, we can ensure that future generations continue to marvel at the beauty of these enigmatic creatures in the Arizona wilderness.

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