Black Headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus)

A distinctive bird with a white body and black neck, beak and legs, the Black Headed Ibis is primarily found in Asia till Japan and parts of Russia. They are versatile birds, and though often found in wetlands, can survive in natural and man-made habitats.

An interesting fact is that the Ibis lack a voice-producing mechanism and are silent except for grunts during the nesting season.

As seen in the photograph, bare patches under the wing turn blood-red during the breeding season, making for a striking sight.

Black Headed Ibis are social birds. They feed in groups, fly in groups and nest in colonies. Males gather in groups next to colonies to attract females.

The Ibis was an important religious symbol in ancient Egypt, representing Thoth, god of wisdom, knowledge and writing, and was considered the herald of the flood.

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