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The bare-faced ibis (Phimosus infuscatus), also known as the whispering ibis, is named because it doesn’t have any feathers on the red coloured skin on its face. It is smaller, and shorter-legged, than any other Neotropical ibis. The Bare-faced Ibis feeds in wet meadows and muddy areas, probing with its long, decurved bill. It occurs from northern Colombia east through the Venezuelan llanos and from eastern Brazil west to Bolivia and south to central Argentina. They typically nest in colonies, often with other water birds. The nests are shallow cup-shaped platforms of sticks, grasses or reeds that are typically situated on trees near a body of water, such as rivers, swamps or lakes. Bare-faced ibises are often found foraging in moist soil as well as along the edge of standing water. They rarely step in to the water. The diet consists of worms, small invertebrates and insects.
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