Black-headed Ibis


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.


It feeds on marshy land and at shallow waters. It feeds on fishfrogs , aquatic creatures, as well as on insects.

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.


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