Black-headed Ibis also known as the Oriental White Ibis near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name: Threskiornis melanocephalus
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Pelecaniformes
Family : Threskiornithidae
Genus : Threskiornis
Species : T. melanocephalus
How to identify this bird:
Observe the bird in the photo gallery above and note the following:
- It is about 75 cms long and a large, stocky, mainly white ibis
- Its has a stout downward curved black bill
- The adult breeding bird has naked black head and white ornamental lower-neck plumes at the base of its neck, variable yellow wash to mantle and breast, and slaty grey scapulars and in wings
- The adult non-breeding is duller, with white streaking on dark brown head and neck
- The juvenile is similar to adult non-breeding, but is dark brown with white mottling on head, and only faint yellowish-green gloss to upper parts.
Where do I find this bird:
- You can find this bird very close to DPS Tapi in the paddy fields
- It generally occurs in marshy wetlands inland and on the coast
- It is a close relative of spoonbill and is similar in its habits and habitat
- It walks about actively on marshy land probing with its bill into the soft mud with its mandibles partly open like forceps.
- It often feeds in shallow water with its head momentarily submerged.
- It feeds on various fish, frogs and other water creatures, as well as on insects.
- Just like storks and spoonbills, it lacks a true voice-producing mechanism and is silent except for peculiar ventriloquial grunts uttered when nesting.
- It nests between June-August on a platform of twigs in trees near the water generally near the outskirts of villages.
Hindi : Safed baza, Didhar, Munda.
Bengali : Sada dochara, Kastechara
Assamese : Boga akoki bog
Tamil : Thalaikaththi chondan