Black-Headed Ibis

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The campus of Mangalore University is home to three species that are listed as near-threatened on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, according to a nine-year study on the avifaunal variety of the area (IUCN).

About Black-Headed Ibis:

  • It is a large wader bird with a white body and bare black head and neck. Males and females look similar and both have greyish tail feathers. These are called wader birds due to their adaptability to a wide variety of aquatic environments.
  • They are found primarily around wetlands including agricultural fields and occasionally around coastal areas.
  • It is found in South- and Southeast Asia from India to the west and as far east as Japan.
  • Conservation status
  • IUCN Red List: Near Threatened
  • The Wildlife Protection Act 1972: Schedule-IV.


Q1) What is Wetland?

Wetland is a transitional between terrestrial and aquatic systems where the water table is usually at or near the surface or the land is covered by shallow water.

Source: Mangalore University campus supports three IUCN red-listed near-threatened species of birds and five species which are endemic to the Western Ghats, says a study