Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus)

OTHER NAMES: Oriental White Ibis, Indian White Ibis, Black-necked Ibis
Latin Etymology: Threskiornis ("religious worship bird") melanocephalus ("black headed")
Adult Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus) at Prek Toal, Cambodia - February 2019

Local Name (Khmer): ? 
Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: ?
Length: 65-76cm
Wingspan: 130cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Near Threatened 

The Black-headed Ibis is the Asian counterpart of the Sacred Ibis - a distinctive black annd white bird with that distinctive Ibis long curved bill.  It's range is patchy, and fairly fragmented, with populations in a large number of countries disconnected.  The population at Prek Toal is a stronghold, with them being abundantly seen through our visit.

Related Species:
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Threskiornithidae
Genus: Threskiornis
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA - A localised resident.
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: Common at Prek Toal

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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