Chionidae – Sheathbills

Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis albus) closeup by Daves BirdingPix

Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis albus) closeup by Daves BirdingPix

He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. (1 Kings 4:33 ESV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – CHARADRIIFORMES, Family – Chionidae – Sheathbills

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Species (2)

Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis albus)
Black-faced Sheathbill (Chionis minor)


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Sheathbill (Chionidae) – IBC
Sheathbill – Wikipedia
Chionidae – Le quide ornitho

The sheathbills are a family of birds, Chionidae. Classified in the wader order Charadriiformes, the family contains one genus, Chionis, with only two species. They breed on subantarctic islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, and the Snowy Sheathbill migrates to the Falkland Islands and coastal southern South America in the southern winter; they are the only bird family endemic as breeders to the Antarctic region. They are also the only Antarctic birds without webbed feet. (Wikipedia with editing)

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