Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremitus) von Daniel Bauer
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The Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremitus) is a very rare bird species with only a few small colonies in Syria and southern Morocco (Aves: Pelecaniformes: Threskiornithidae). IUCN Red List: critically endangered Heidelberg Zoological Garden

Red-naped Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa)

Also known as the Indian Black Ibis, or simply as the Black Ibis, the red-naped ibis is a dark species of ibis (Threskiornithidae) that is widely distributed in the plains of the Indian Subcontinent. Red-naped ibises are typically encountered near lakes, marshes, riverbeds and even irrigated farmlands. They are a gregarious species, generally foraging on the margins of wetlands for various small vertebrates, grains, and various invertebrates. 


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Image: J.M.Garg

Stripe-backed Bittern (Ixobrychus involucris)

…a small species of Ixobrychus bittern which is distributed in large patches across South America. It occurs in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and the island of Trinidad to the north and Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Brazil to the south. Like other Ixobrychus bitterns, the stripe-backed bittern will inhabit reed beds and sedge where it will feed on small fish, crustaceans and insects. Stripe-backed bitterns are secretive and solitary doing most of their feeding at night. 


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Image: viviremco


The annoying thing about David Peters is that he focuses on random select species for his very broad cladograms, so in his head Spoonbills  are just classified as being “with storks” and moving them to be related to ducks only effects the spoonbills, when in reality this type of change in classification would effect the entirety of pelecaniformes and a lot of water birds in general


Madagascar Ibis (Lophotibis cristata)

Also known as the Madagascar Crested Ibis to differentiate it from other Malagasy Ibises, the Madagascar ibis is a small species if ibis that is endemic to Madagascar. They typically inhabit woodlands and forests and feed mostly on insects, other invertebrates and reptiles and frogs. Like other ibises this species will build platform nests and raise around two to three young.

The Madagascar Ibis is currently listed as Near threatened as it is being threatened by habitat loss and overhunting in some areas.


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Images: Tambako The Jaguar and Eric Savage