French: Bec-d’ibis tibétain German: Ibisschnabel Spanish: Picoibis
SE Kazakhstan S to Kashmir and E through NW China, Tibet and NE India to EC & NE China. Occurs mainly in major mountain systems of C Asia, from Dzhungar Alatau S through Tien Shan, Pamir-Alai system, Hindu Kush and Karakoram to Himalayas, and E through Xinjiang, Kunlun Shan, Tibet–Qinghai Plateau, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh to SW Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Shanxi and Sichuan; main wintering range extends slightly farther S of Himalayas, reaching N Myanmar.
39–41 cm; c. 270–320 g; bill 68–82 mm; wingspan 74 cm. Unmistakable wader with long, decurved brown to crimson bill (depending on age) and contrasting... read more
Flight-call is a Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)-like “sissi-sip, sissi-sissi-... read more
Breeds in shingle-bed mountain river valleys usually devoid of any vegetation, at 500–4400 m... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly aquatic river invertebrates and fish; commonly recorded invertebrate prey include stoneflies (Plecoptera), larvae of mayflies (... read more
Laying usually starts end of Apr and may continue for some time, with hatching mid-May to late Jun (Tien Shan, Himalayas, China), but... read more
Altitudinal migrant; birds tend to descend in winter, in Himalayan zone to as low as 100 m, but in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Occupies expansive range, mostly in zones with sparse human populations, but restricted to rather limited habitat. In Trans Ili and... read more
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