|Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves (Birds) Order: Ciconiiformes Family: Threskiornithidae|
Identification: Length: 19 inches Wingspan: 37 inches. Sexes similar.
Medium-sized long-legged long-necked wader. Bill long, dark gray, and
decurved. Dark brown eye. Holds neck extended in flight. Gray facial skin.
Border to bare facial skin still present but dull gray. Gray-green legs.
Head, neck, back and belly a duller gray-brown without iridescence. Head and
neck streaked with white. Adult alternate: Bare facial skin at lores
is blue-gray. Bare facial skin bordered partially with a white or pale blue
band that is of varying width and does not encircle the back of the eye. Legs
gray to dull red. Head, neck, back and belly an iridescent purple-red,
appearing entirely dark or black at a distance or in poor light. Iridescent
green wings and tail. Immature: Dull gray brown head, neck, back and
belly sometimes with white streaking. Facial skin dull blue-gray, develops
dull gray border during first autumn. Gray-green legs.