Black-headed Ibises

Black-headed Ibises (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.

Black-headed Ibises on a Tree Branch
Black-headed Ibises on a Tree Branch


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

The bald head, 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

Black-headed Ibises they are 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.


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