23 Aug 2006
West Point, Utah
Here are several of Paul
Higgins' shots of the leucistic White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
seen in West Point, Davis County.
Kris Purdy suggests that this "new species" should be named the
Dalmation Ibis (P. chihi dalmationii). Here is her "more
serious" analysis of the bird:
|"The unusual ibis Paul Higgins saw in a field in
West Point this morning appears to be a leucistic White-faced Ibis,
as opposed to a White Ibis. The bird is flecked with dark on its
neck, wings, and body including the underparts. The primaries and
secondaries show no signs of black tips. The bill and lores are dark
with no signs of red or orange."
"After seeing the photographs, I think this one is probably a
juvenile due to bill, lore, and eye color and because the bill seems
relatively short and blunt for an adult White-faced Ibis."
Photos by Paul Higgins