Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita)
Species
Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita). Taken at Barbate, Spain, on November 6th 2016.
Taken at Barbate, Spain, on November 6th 2016.
(1/320th sec at f18. Click image for larger version)

© David Hastings

Description

L: 70 - 80 cm; WS: 120 - 135 cm
 
A large black bird with a metallic green and coppery sheen on its feathers, a red down-curved bill, and a bald head.
 
It is very scarce in the wild, being restricted to Morocco and possibly Syria. It has been re-introduced into southern Spain, Turkey and Austria.
 
Its breeding habitat is rocky semi-desert with proximity to running water. Nests are built on cliff ledges.
 
Bald Ibises are very social birds.
 
This species is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN classification.
 

Sightings

06-Nov-2016:Barbate, Spain(4)