Birds of Colombia

Buff-necked ibis, BandurriA BIRD
Coclí, BANDURRIA COMÚN

Theristicus caudautus

The Buff-necked Ibis or bandurria bird is a fairly large social ibis found widely in open habitats and agricultural fields. Its length is approximately 75 cm (29 in) and can weigh up to 1800f g (63 oz). It inhabits open fields lower than 1400 m (4600 ft). It prefers to walk near low water grasslands, along river edges, lakes, and swamps. It is also found away from water sources, a unique feature among ibises. The buff-necked Ibis has an ochre color cap that extends to its buff neck. The face, breast and neck are cream color. The upperparts are gray greenish with a broad white or nearly white wing patch. The underparts are cream rusty in the breast area with a black belly. They have short reddish legs and long decurved sickle-like beak. The appearance of the tail is somewhat square. If feeds on earthworms, insects, aquatic insects, invertebrates, frogs, and a variety of small aquatic and soil animals. It is a social bird that is generally found in pairs and sometimes alone. The produce a loud noise when disturbed. They construct a large nest in the upper part of tall trees or in shrubs. The posture is from 1 to 2 eggs of white color with brown spots. They were hunted for its meat that tastes like hen. Population is not in danger. They live around 20 years.

El Coclí o bandurria común es un ave sociable que mide aproximadamente 75 cm y con un peso que alcanza los 1800 g. Se la encuentra a alturas menores de 1400 m. Frecuenta pantanos, pastizales y caminan a lo largo de orillas de rios, lagunas, jardines y visitan campos agrícolas. También habitan lejos del agua a diferencia de la mayoría de los ibis. Se reconoce por por el color crema de su cuello, antepecho y partes faciales. De iris rojo, cara y pico curvo de color negro. Su corona es ocre oscuro que se extiende hasta la nuca. Su parte superior es gris verdoso con rémiges de borde blancuzco. Su parte inferior presenta un plumaje negro con algunos tonos azules brillantes que abarca hasta la cola. Sus patas son rojizas. Cola de apariencia cuadrada. Su alimento consiste en lombrices, larvas de insectos, invertebrados, lombrices y una variedad de animales acuáticos pequeños. Se las encuentra generalmente en parejas o en grupos pequeños. Emiten un ruido fuerte cuando se las molesta. Forman un nido grande en la parte alta de árboles o en arbustos. Anidan en colonias. La postura es de 1 a 2 huevos de color blanco grisáceo y manchas cafés. Se cazaban por su carne similar a la de gallina. Viven alrededor de 20 años.

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