Indian Black Ibis (or) Red-naped ibis

Indian Black Ibis:

Indian Black Ibis also called Red-naped Ibis is found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat. (Please wait for a few seconds while the photos load onto the gallery. This may depend on your internet speed)


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Scientific Name : Pseudibis papillosa

Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum    : Chordata
Class         : Aves
Order        : Pelecaniformes
Family      : Threskiornithidae
Genus       : Pseudibis
Species     : P. papillosa

How to identify this bird :

Take a good look at the photo-gallery above and see if you can observe the following:

  • It is a large stocky, dark ibis which is around 68 cms long
  •  It has a long relatively stout down-curved bill
  •  The adult bird has wing feathers and tail that are black with blue-green gloss while the neck and body are brown and without gloss
  • It has wide shoulder-patch and reddish legs
  • It has a naked black head with red patch on rear crown and nape
  • Its iris is orange red
  • Both male and female are identical and young birds are browner and initially lack the bare head and crown
  • Its bill and legs are grey but turn reddish during the breeding season
  • Its toes have a fringing membrane and are slightly webbed at the base
Where do I find this bird :
  • It is found around DPS Tapi not only in the paddy fields but also dry fields. It can also be found in nearby marsh lands but it is not as common as the glossy and black-headed ibises.
  • Unlike other ibises it is not very dependent on water and is often found in dry fields a good distance away from water.
  • It is usually seen in singly or in small loose groups.
  • The groups fly in V-formation with steady wing beats with alternating short glides.
  • It feeds on insects, small reptiles and grains.
  • It has a loud call and is noisy when breeding.
  • It nests between November- December. It builds its nest most often on the top of a large tree generally away from water.
Local Names :

Hindi         : Kala baza, Baza, Karan kul
Bengali      : Kalo dochara
Assamese  : Kala akohi bog