French: Ibis à tête noire German: Schwarzhalsibis Spanish: Ibis oriental
Other common names:
Oriental White Ibis
Breeds from Pakistan (S Sind) and Nepal through India to Sri Lanka; probably NE China (Heilongjiang); also Cambodia, S Vietnam, Java and possibly Sumatra. Winters in S China, Myanmar, Thailand, Sumatra and Philippines. Formerly more widespread in E Asia.
65–76 cm; wingspan 130 cm. Ornamental feathers grey, not black. Very little black on tips of primaries, and none on secondaries. Non-breeding adult largely lacks grey... read more
Usually silent away from breeding colonies. Around nest, some low-pitched grunts and croaks, and a... read more
Open country in marshes, swamps, flooded areas, margins of rivers and lakes, paddyfields and fallow... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes frogs, tadpoles, snails, adults and larvae of insects, and worms; also fish and crustaceans, probably more commonly when... read more
Season Jun–Oct in N India, Nov–Mar in S India and Sri Lanka; varies depending on water conditions after onset of monsoon.... read more
Largely sedentary throughout most of range, but birds move around in response to changes in water... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Global population estimated at 15,000–30,000 birds, about half of them in S Asia and the remainder in SE... read more
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