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Birds

Black-headed
Ibis

Near Threatened

Decreasing

Black-headed Ibis

Threskiornis melanocephalus

The Black-headed Ibis breeds in South Asia and Southeast Asia from Pakistan to India, Sri Lanka east up to Japan. It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays 2-4 eggs. It occurs in marshy wetlands inland and on the coast, where it feeds on various fish, frogs and other water creatures, as well as on insects. Adults are typically 75 cm long and white-plumaged, with some greyer areas on the wings. The bald head, the neck and legs are black. The thick curved bill is dusky yellow. Sexes are similar, but juveniles have whiter necks and a black bill.

White Ibis

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    কালোমাথা কাস্তেচরা, সাদা দোচরা, কাঁচিচোরা, কাস্তেচরা
  • Gujarati:
    સફેદ કાંકણસાર
  • Hindi:
    कचाटोर, सफेद बाझ, मुंडा, मुंडुख
  • Kannada:
    ಬಿಳಿ ಕೆಂಬರಲು, ಕಂಚಗಾರ ಕೊಕ್ಕರೆ
  • Malayalam:
    കഷണ്ടിക്കൊക്ക്
  • Marathi:
    कुदळ्या, पांढरा शराटी, पांढरा अवाक, कंकर
  • Sanskrit:
    शराटिका
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Taxanomy

PELECANIFORMES
THRESKIORNITHIDAE
Threskiornis melanocephalus

Black-headed Ibis

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