photo by Phil Swanson
L 40″ (102 cm) W 61″ (155 cm).
Song or calls:
Usually silent. Gives a harsh croak on nesting grounds.
Description: Sexes similar. White body with contrasting black flight feathers and tail; bald, blackish-gray head; long, dark legs with pinkish feet; long neck; dark, thick downcurved bill. Immature has yellow bill, and a feathered grayish-brown head.
Behavior: Forages in muddy water for fish, frogs, and water snakes.
Habitat: Wet meadows, tropical swamps and marshes, ponds, and coastal shallows.
Where in Nebraska: Accidental in summer. Documented reports near Fontenelle Forest in 1925 and near Ashland in 2006.
Fun Facts: They have been known to fly as high as 6000 feet and as far as 50 miles in search of food.
Additional Information: Formerly called the Wood Ibis.
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