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White Ibis

   
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White Ibis is a large bird that can be easily spotted around lakes and marshy places. These birds are white with black head and neck and black legs. The legs are adapted for wading in water. Its long, stout, downward curved bill helps it in probing the mud for food. It scans the muddy water walking actively with it’s mandibles partly open like forceps. In shallow waters it feeds like flamingos with the head submerged in water.

Ibis's nest is a platform of twigs on trees standing in or near water. Between June to August, the bird lays 2-4 eggs, which are bluish or greenish white in colour.

These birds do not possess voice-producing mechanisms and hence are silent, except for peculiar ventriloquial grunts uttered when nesting.

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