Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Black Ibis or the Red-naped Ibis

Black Ibis

The the Black Ibis is also called as the Red-naped Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa) the Indian Black Ibis.

Black Ibis

It is a large black bird with distinctive long bill that is curved downwards. The black colour of its feathers are glossed with blue-green.

Black Ibis

It has a mass of brilliant red papillae covering the skin from a point above the forehead to the back of the nape ; legs and
feet brick-red

Black Ibis

The sexes are alike but young birds  have no papillae. Pictured above is probably, a mother with its young one feeding on a paddy field.

Black Ibis

The  Black Ibis  is found more often in open dry cultivation than in marshy land, though it sometimes visits the
marshes to hunts for frogs. It is mostly insectivorous but will feed on ripe grain. It has been known to kill and eat small snakes.

Black Ibis

The Black Ibis breeds all over India and at almost all times. Unlike other Ibises, they do not breed in colonies or with other birds.

Black Ibis

During the breeding season it utters a harsh, loud croak but, like the rest of the family, it is a very silent bird .

Black Ibis

These photographs of the Black Ibis were taken as we spotted the bird in a paddy field, near Srirangapatna, Karnataka.

Reference: THE FAUNA OF BRITISH INDIA, Wikipedia