The Black Ibis

December 18, 2013



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“The Red-naped Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa) also known as the Indian Black Ibis or just the Black Ibis, is a species of ibis found in parts of the Indian Subcontinent. The sexes are alike. It has a curlew-like long down-curved bill, a black head with a patch of crimson, and a white patch near the shoulder. This largish black bird is found at lakes, in marshes, in riverbeds and on irrigated farmland—it is not as aquatic as many other species of ibis. It is gregarious and generally forages on margins of wetlands in small numbers. It is a common breeding resident in Haryana. It nests in trees and breeds from March to October in North India.”

I was very fortunate, indeed, to stay with a friend who as a 5-acre plot of land in Ahmedabad; part of her undeveloped property is maintained as a lawn, part of it is a wilderness, and part of it is given over to growing wheat and vegetables. I had a lovely view from my bedroom window, and was lucky enough to watch these beautiful birds….they were sitting on the neighbouring buildings:


DSC04470 Grazing on the lawn: DSC04603 Resting, relaxed and unthreatened, with one leg up: DSC04606 and in particular, one mother and child, on the vegetable patch. Here's the Ibis chick, obviously calling, "Mama!Mama!".... DSC04780 DSC04779 The chick is importuning its mother: DSC04785 DSC04778 It is running behind the mother: DSC04782 And, finally, the mother feeds it: DSC04781

I got this video of the child running around behind the mother and harassing her for food:

Children are always demanding attention, whether Or not, they happen to have skin…or feathers!