Lophotibis: Madagascar Ibises, Madagascar Crested Ibises, White-winged Ibises or Crested Wood Ibises

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Madagascar Crested Ibis, also known as the White-winged Ibis or Crested Wood Ibis

 

Madagascar Ibis (Lophotibis cristata), also known as the Madagascar Crested Ibis, White-winged Ibis or Crested Wood IbisThe Madagascar Ibis (Lophotibis cristata), also known as the Madagascar Crested Ibis, White-winged Ibis or Crested Wood Ibis, is the only member in the genus Lophotibis.

 

Description

The Madagascar Crested Ibis is a medium-sized (approximately 50cm long), brown-plumaged ibis.

It has bare red orbital skin, yellow bill, red legs, white wings and its head is partially bare with a dense crest of green or gloss blue and white plumes on the nape (back of the neck).

 

Distribution / Range

The Madagascar Ibis is endemic to the woodlands and forests of Madagascar.

 

Diet / Feeding

Its diet consists mainly of insects, spiders, frogs, reptiles, snails and invertebrates.

 

Madagascar Ibis (Lophotibis cristata), also known as the Madagascar Crested Ibis, White-winged Ibis or Crested Wood IbisBreeding / Nesting

The female usually lays three eggs in platform nest made from twigs and branches.

 

Status

Due to ongoing habitat loss, limited range and overhunting in some areas, the Madagascar Crested Ibis is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of threatened Species.

 

References

  • BirdLife International (2008). Lophotibis cristata. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 05 November 2008. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is near threatened
 

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