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Giant Ibis is Cambodia’s national bird

5 Jan

Giant Ibis went off the map for 50 years until the Wildlife Conservation Society rediscovered them in Cambodia in 1993.

WCS website says – The Critically Endangered giant ibis is the largest ibis in the world, twice the size of the second largest ibis species. This avian mega-faunal relict requires huge tracts of intact lowland deciduous forest. It is shy by nature, feeding in secluded forest pools far from villages. Unlike the other large waterbirds of Cambodia’s Northern Plains, the giant ibis breeds in the wet season, when it feeds on giant earthworms, eels, and frogs. It once ranged over much of mainland Southeast Asia, but the clearance of forest habitat for agriculture has restricted it to just northern and eastern Cambodia.

WCS is working with the Cambodian government and local communities to protect the ibis and have come up with ibis rice to feed it.6mpi04uvdv_giant_ibis_eb_card

 

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One Response to “Giant Ibis is Cambodia’s national bird”

  1. theblinofman January 5, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    Lord of the Ibis

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