Crested Ibis


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Crested Ibis

 

(Nipponia nippori), a bird of the family Threskiornithidae of the order Ciconiiformes. Body length, 75–80 cm. It has a crest of long feathers on the occiput. In the winter the plumage is white with a pink bloom; in the summer the head, neck, and back are ashen gray. The facial parts of the head are bare and orange-red in color. The legs are brownish red, and the bill is black with a red tip. It is a dying species. Several dozen nest in Japan on Honshu and Sado islands. The colony of crested ibises on the Oki islands disappeared after 1920; it has nested in Korea and Northeast China. In the USSR the crested ibis is an extremely rare migratory bird; in the 19th century it nested in the southern Primor’e.

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Japan's first crested ibis bred in captivity is highly likely to be a cock, officials of the Sado Crested Ibis Conservation Center on Sadogashima Island, Niigata Prefecture said Tuesday.
The pair of ibises that produced Japan's first artificially bred ibis chick, Yu Yu, last May are likely to have produced another egg, the Sado Crested Ibis Conservation Center in Niigata Prefecture's Sadogashima Island said Monday.
The chick, named Yu Yu, hatched May 21 at the Sado Crested Ibis Conservation Center on Sadogashima Island from an egg produced by two birds donated by China -- the culmination of an 18-year effort to breed ibises in captivity in Japan.
The pair of ibises that produced Japan's first artificially bred ibis chick, Yu Yu, last May have produced three more eggs, the Sado Crested Ibis Conservation Center in Niigata Prefecture said Monday.
Two of the three eggs laid by Yang Yang, a female crested ibis that produced Japan's first artificially bred ibis chick last May, are likely fertilized, officials at an ibis conservation center on Sadogashima Island in the Sea of Japan said Friday.
A crested ibis that produced Japan's first artificially bred ibis chick, Yu Yu, last May -- and laid three eggs last week -- has apparently produced one more egg, Niigata prefectural officials said Wednesday.
The third crested ibis chick to be bred in captivity in Japan is expected to emerge from its shell Wednesday, conservation center officials said Tuesday.
A crested ibis that produced Japan's first artificially bred ibis chick last May at an ibis conservation center on Sadogashima Island in the Sea of Japan has apparently produced her fifth egg of this year, Niigata prefectural officials said Monday.
The female ibis from China will be sent to the Sado Crested Ibis Conservation Center on Sado Island, in Niigata Prefecture, in the Sea of Japan, where it is hoped to lay eggs.
The results of the tests show the chick that hatched May 8 at the Sado Crested Ibis Conservation Center is male and that the second one, which hatched two days later, is female, the officials said.
Mei Mei was born April 10, 1999 at a crested ibis preservation center in China's Shaanxi Province, while Yu Yu was born in Japan in May that year to Yang Yang and You You, which were a gift from Chinese President Jiang Zemin to Emperor Akihito on the occasion of the president's visit to Japan in 1998.
A crested ibis given to Japan by China last October has laid her second egg at a preservation center on Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture, prefectural officials said Wednesday.