Hindi name: Safed baaz / Munda / Mundukh
Black-headed ibis breeds in Indian subcontinent and in Southeast Asia.
How does the bird appear…
It is large, white wader bird. It has bare black head and neck, and a long, down-curved black bill. It shows some greyer areas on the wings. During the breeding season, bare patches under the wings turn a blood red colour, the head can develop a blue tinge and the legs often become glossy black. Both male and female are similar in appearance.
Habitat: Where to find this bird?
It inhabits wetland, swamps, lake and river margins, wet grasslands and paddy fields.
Breeding & Nesting
It breeds after monsoon. It nests in mixed species colonies. It builds its nest in trees near to water, or in partially submerged shrubs. Incubation period is of 23-25 days.