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Glossy and White-faced Ibises and hybrids

With occurrence of Glossy Ibis in Oklahoma came hybridization. This series depicts some of the variation, particularly of hybrids. The photos in this gallery are ordered largely by plumage characteristics from Glossy Ibis, hybrids looking most like Glossy, intermediate hybrids, hybrids looking most like White-faceds, then White-faced Ibises. The end of this series contains birds more difficult to assign.

SOME CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH GROUP:
Glossy Ibises have a dark eye and with dark facial skin bordered by pale blue lines that do not go behind the eye. No feathering around the facial skin is white or pale.
White-faced Ibises have red eyes and red to maroon facial skin, sometimes with paler red to pink borders, and with eyelid red (including behind eye). Feathering around the facial skin is white in breeding plumage.
Hybrids generally show plum to purpley patches in facial skin, more purpley border lines to facial skin that can circle behind eye, show some red to rufous tones in the eye, and have some white to paler feathering bordering the facial skin. One hybrid in this series has more white head-feathering than the typical White-faced Ibis.
This series was taken at Hackberry Flat WMA in sw. Oklahoma on 1 May 2010. There were about 400 ibises present including 6 Glossy Ibises and at least 5-6 hybrids (the rest were White-faced).
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5685
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5685
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5688
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5688
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5718
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5718
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5719
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5719
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5787
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5787
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5785
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5785
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5609
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis 5609
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
Hybrid Glossy/White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
dull White-faced Ibis 5666
dull White-faced Ibis 5666
dull White-faced Ibis 5670
dull White-faced Ibis 5670
White-faced Ibis-basic plumage
White-faced Ibis-basic plumage
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis and hybrid
White-faced Ibis and hybrid
Uncertain status ibis 5579
Uncertain status ibis 5579
Uncertain status ibis 5593
Uncertain status ibis 5593
Uncertain status ibis 5551
Uncertain status ibis 5551
Uncertain status ibis 5552
Uncertain status ibis 5552
White-faced Ibis 5562
White-faced Ibis 5562
Plegadis ibis hybrid--banded
Plegadis ibis hybrid--banded
Ibis chick
Ibis chick
Ibis chick
Ibis chick