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 and China held a ceremony Thursday in Xian, Shaanxi Province, to launch a five-year project to protect the crested ibis, one of the world's most endangered birds, and ensure the birds' coexistence with local farming communities in China.
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Project Title: Improved Habitat for the Japanese Crested Ibis in Sado
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