[CT Birds] Possible hybrid White-faced x Glossy Ibis also with flock at Silver Sands
birddog55 at charter.net
Sun Aug 9 22:07:31 EDT 2009
I just got back from a small sojourn in Maine and feel like a summary of the
Ibis situation is in order. Granted, this is my take on the situation, but
I have received feedback from several west coast birders about the birds and
this is where I am at.
There are two birds there with red eyes. One has pink facial skin, a bright
red eye, virtually no white around the facial skin, is a paler rusty color
than the Glossy Ibis's that are present, and shows less contrast between the
rusty coloration and the darker flight feathers. The tertials and coverts
tend to show a reddish vilet irridescence compared to the dull greenish to
no irridescence of the Glossies. These characters lead me to believe this
is a second year White-faced Ibis and not a fading adult, though I guess
that is not completely ruled out.
Bird two as shown in the photos by Fran Zygmont shows a bird with a grey
face, a duller red eye, whitish around the facial skin in a pattern most
like a Glossy but with some variation that make the outline look like the
pattern shown by some young White-faced. Also, the white appears to have a
pinkish cast to it, another WF feature.
The rusty color is like Glossy as is the amount of contrast between the
flight feathers and the rusty color. The tertials and coverts show some
reddish violet irridescence and some greenish. My best gues ( which is
supported by feedback from west coast guys) is that this is a hybrid Glossy
X White-faced...likely an adult.
While I feel that bird one is likely a WF Ibis, the presence of a likely
hybrid suggests that we should study the first bird more closely for hybrid
Mark S. Szantyr
80 Bicknell Road #9
Ashford, Connecticut 06278
Birddog55 at charter.net
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