French: Ibis huppé German: Schopfibis Spanish: Ibis crestado
Other common names: Madagascar Ibis
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. c. cristata
(Boddaert, 1783) – N & E Madagascar.
L. c. urschi
Lavauden, 1929 – W & S Madagascar.
50 cm. Unmistakable within range. In some birds, crest shows more white than in the individual illustrated. Sexes alike. Bill lime-green at base, grading to olive at tip,... read more
Advertising song given (from perch) usually at night, around dusk or in early morning is long (5–20... read more
All kinds of original woodland (deciduous and partially evergreen) of Madagascar, including humid... read more
Food and feeding
Diet presumably based on invertebrates, including adults and larvae of insects, as well as earthworms, spiders and snails; also small... read more
At start of rainy season, Sept–Jan, perhaps mainly Oct–Dec. Solitary. Nest is fairly large platform (> 100 cm across) made... read more
Presumably sedentary. In past, claimed that E populations were probably migratory, but not... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened; previously considered Vulnerable in Red Data Book (1978/79). The population is estimated at 10,000 birds.... read more
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