Family Ibisbill (Ibidorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Ibisbill (Ibidorhyncha struthersii)


French: Bec-d’ibis tibétain German: Ibisschnabel Spanish: Picoibis

Ibidorhyncha Struthersii


, 1832,





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.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Knystautas, A.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Ibisbill (Ibidorhyncha struthersii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 July 2019).