What is Ibisbill?

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Researchers recently highlighted that ground-nesting birds, including the ibisbill, can be impacted by changing climatic patterns in the Indian Himalayas.

About Ibisbill:

  • It is a bird which belongs to the family Ibidorhynchidae. It is the only species in this family.
  • It is a charismatic and uncommon wader seen in the Himalayas and foothills of India.
  • Scientific Name: bidorhyncha struthersii
  • Distribution:
    • They are common in Central Asia and the Himalayas.
    • They are found in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and China
  • Habitat:
    • It lives at high altitudes near rivers.
    • They exhibit altitudinal migration, breeding in the higher reaches of the mountains and descending to lower elevations during winters.
  • Features:
    • It is a medium-sized wader, measuring 38 to 42 cm in length and weighing 270 to 320 grams.
    • It has a long, downward curved and sharply-pointed pink bill; a grey body; a white belly with a black band on its chest; and a black face.
    • The sexes are similar, which makes this species monomorphic as well.
    • They are good swimmers.
  • Conservation Status:
    • IUCN: Least Concern


Q1) What is a wader?

A wader is a bird with long legs and a long neck, which lives near water and feeds on fish. There are several different kinds of waders.

Source: Ibisbill, the poorly understood Himalayan waterbird faces threats, finds study