French: Ibis géant German: Riesenibis Spanish: Ibis gigante
Mekong River, Cambodia.
102–106 cm; c. 3515 g (one male). Unmistakable due to large size. Upperwing-coverts mainly silvery grey, contrasting with darker body and flight-feathers. Narrow black... read more
Repeated, loud, ringing “a-leurk a-leurk” at dawn and dusk.
Lowlands, occurring in lakes, swamps, seasonally flooded marshes, paddyfields (although recent... read more
Food and feeding
Until recently, almost nothing known, but now subject to several studies in Cambodia. Stomach contents of one bird contained many crabs,... read more
Until recently nothing was known concerning this species’ breeding ecology, but in recent years many nests have been found and... read more
Presumably sedentary and largely resident, but apparently wanders widely in response to local... read more
Status and conservation
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Once widespread in Indochina, this large ibis is extremely sensitive to human disturbance and was not seen between 1964 and 1993. It is even now... read more
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