The Northern Bald Ibis is a migratory bird found in barren,
semi-desert or rocky habitats, often near running water. This 70–80 cm
(28–31 in) glossy black ibis has an unfeathered red face and head, and
a long, curved red bill. Unlike other members of the ibis family, it
does not wade. Breeding takes place in colonies on coastal or mountain
cliff ledges, where it typically lays 2–3 eggs in a stick nest, and
feeds on lizards, insects, and other small animals. The Northern Bald
Ibis was once widespread across the Middle East, northern Africa, and
southern Europe, with a fossil record dating back at least 1.8 million
years. It disappeared from Europe over 300 years ago, and is now
considered critically endangered. There are believed to be about 500
wild birds remaining in southern Morocco, and fewer than 10 in Syria,
where it was rediscovered in 2002. To combat these ebbing numbers,
recent reintroduction programs have been instituted internationally,
with a semi-wild breeding colony in Turkey, as well as sites in
Austria, Spain, and northern Morocco. (more...)
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