Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2004-24
|Scientific name:||Eudocimus albus|
|Time:||9:30 am and 12:30 pm|
|Length of time observed:||briefly at 9:30, about 30 minutes at 12:30|
|Location:||north of Route 77 west of Springville|
|Distance to bird:||less than 100 meters|
|Optical equipment:||Leupold 60 mm scope with 12x-40x zoom|
|Detailed description of bird:||
The bird had long pink legs and a long pink downward-curving bill. Its plumage
was all white, except for black wing tips and a red face. The
size was approximately the same as that of the white-faced ibis it was feeding with. The bird was too far away to discern its eye color.
The black wing tips were very obvious in flight. (see photos)
|Song or call & method of delivery:||I couldn't distinguish its call from the "quacking" or "grunting" of the accompanying flock of white-faced ibis.|
The bird was walking around a mowed hay field, periodically stopping to dig in
the ground. It appeared to be eating whatever it was digging
up. It occasionally stopped feeding and put its head under its wing for periods of several minutes.
The bird took off when the flock was spooked by a car that made a U-turn to see what we were looking at.
were they eliminated:
My first thought was that it must be a snowy egret, since its plumage appeared
to be all white, and it was about the same size. The long
curved bill quickly eliminated that possibility.
The species from this area that is most similar is the white-faced ibis, so my second guess was that it might be an albino. This seems
unlikely, however, considering its black wing tips, pink beak and legs, and red face.
I know of no other similar species that inhabit this area, nor could I find any others in my bird books.
this & similar species:
|I have seen many white-faced ibis, but never this species.|
|References consulted:||Kauffman, National Geographic Society Guide, email communications with Milton Moody and Mark Stackhouse|
|Description from:||Notes made later|
|Observer's address:||1451 Moray Court, Park City, UT 84060|
|Observer's e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||Jack Binch and Kent Lewis were with me. Milton Moody and Mark Stackhouse saw it later in the day and confirmed the identification via email.|
|Date prepared:||9/21/04 (General Public)|
|Additional material:||Photos on Utah Birds website|