Black-headed Ibises

Ibis Information and Listing of Species ... Ibis Species Photo Gallery

Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus)


Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus) The Black-headed Ibises (Threskiornis melanocephalus) are wading birds that breed in South Asia and Southeast Asia from Pakistan to India, Sri Lanka east up to Japan. They are usually found in inland marshy wetlands and on the coast.



Adults measure, on average, 75 cm in length. They have a mostly white plumage with some greyer markings on the wings.

The bald head, the neck and legs are black. The thick curved bill is dusky yellow.

Males and females look alike.

Juveniles can be identified by their whiter necks and black bills.


Diet / Feeding

They mostly feed on fish, frogs and other water creatures, as well as on insects.


Breeding / Nesting

The nests are shallow cup-shaped platforms of sticks, grasses or reeds that are typically situated on trees near a body of water, such as rivers, swamps or lakes. The average clutch consists of 2 – 4 eggs.


Black-headed Ibis, Threskiornis melanocephalus

Black-headed Ibis, Threskiornis melanocephalus

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


Please Note: The articles or images on this page are the sole property of the authors or photographers. Please contact them directly with respect to any copyright or licensing questions. Thank you.