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Shot this photo in NJ last year at a Rookery location loaded with White Ibis. Recently someone on Flickr wrote me and said they think it's a Juvenile WHITE FACED Ibis. Here is what they wrote.

"I believe it's actually a juvenile white faced Ibis. The bill is shorter with dark brown & tan color, while the juvenile white ibis has blue eyes and all pink bill. Great find as these are not frequently seen in these colors and the bill still that short. "

Can anyone shed light on this? Thanks.



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Ignoring the location for a moment, a White-faced Ibis of any age wouldn't have anywhere near that much white on its belly. It would be mostly tan and green. Very young birds do tend to have shorter bills that haven't fully developed. This is a White Ibis.

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