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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The ministry plans to begin training for the 10 ibises in late May at the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center in Niigata Prefecture in the initial step of preparation for the third of a series of releases under a protective program, said Zuiten Tsukamoto, a ministry official in charge of wildlife.
TOKYO - Eight crested ibises were killed and two critically injured at the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center in Sado, Niigata Prefecture, attacked in their cage apparently by outside predators, the Environment Ministry said Wednesday.
These include: protection of the toki, or Japanese crested ibis, now found only in small numbers in Shaaxi Province, China; polar bear research by the Norwegian Polar Institute; and habitat restoration and a fish-stocking project in Ontario, Canada, called 'Bring back the salmon: Thirty per cent of total donations remain in Australia while 70 per cent are spent on overseas environmental projects.
Project Title: Improved Habitat for the Japanese Crested Ibis in Sado
The chick hatched from one of the five eggs laid by Mei Mei earlier this month at the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center.
Yang Yang, a female crested ibis, laid her first egg of this year Tuesday afternoon at a bird sanctuary on Sadogashima Island, Niigata Prefecture, the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center said.
In Toki Hime (Princess Toki), Itto Morita has created a stark meditation titled after the Japanese crested ibis, or toki, which is on the verge of extinction.
The Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center initially planned to put five ibises on public view from last Saturday, but changed the plan after one of the ibises was found to have a head injury.
There is only one native Japanese crested ibis remaining -- an aged bird kept in captivity.
At the dinner banquet, Emperor Akihito also referred to decades-long cooperation between Japan and China to prevent the extinction of the Japanese crested ibis, describing it as a symbol of friendship between the two countries.
As I think of the long years of efforts by those who have worked together, transcending borders, to protect the Japanese crested ibis, I hope the day will come soon when the ibis, as a symbol of our nations' friendship, can spread its white wings in our skies,'' the emperor said.
The transfer of the rare birds marks the first such shipment from the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center to China, and is part of a bilateral agreement aimed at preventing the species from becoming extinct.

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