Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita)
(1/320th sec at f18. Click image for larger version)
© David Hastings
DescriptionL: 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.