Ibises Of Vietnam – Threskiornithidae
Threskiornithidae is a family of wading birds that includes ibises and spoonbills. There is six species Ibises of Vietnam can be found, each with their own unique features and characteristics.
The Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is a medium-sized Ibis with dark, iridescent plumage. It has a long, curved bill and long legs. The Glossy Ibis can be found in a wide range of wetland habitats, from rice paddies to marshes and mangroves. It is a resident species in Vietnam, with breeding occurring in the southern part of the country.
The Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus) is a large, dark Ibis with a bare head and neck. It has a long, curved bill and long legs. The Black-headed Ibis is a resident species in Vietnam, and can be found in a variety of wetland habitats, including paddy fields, mangroves, and flooded grasslands.
The White-shouldered Ibis (Pseudibis davisoni) is a critically endangered (IUCN status) ibis species that is found only in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam. It is a large, distinctive bird with black and white plumage and a long, curved bill. The White-shouldered Ibis inhabits large wetland areas, including river systems and flooded grasslands. Conservation efforts are underway in Vietnam to protect this species and its habitat.
The Giant Ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea) is another critically endangered ibis species found in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam. It is the largest species of ibis, with a distinctive bare head and neck, long bill, and long legs. The Giant Ibis inhabits forested wetlands, including seasonally flooded forests and mangroves. Its habitat is under threat from deforestation, and conservation efforts are underway to protect the remaining populations.
The Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) is a large, white wading bird with a distinctive flat bill. It can be found in a variety of wetland habitats, including salt pans, lagoons, and marshes. The Eurasian Spoonbill is a migratory species in Vietnam, with the wintering population arriving in the country from October to March.
The Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) is a critically endangered species found in East Asia, including Vietnam. It has a distinctive black face and bill, with white plumage on the rest of its body. The Black-faced Spoonbill inhabits coastal wetlands, including mangroves and estuaries. Its population is declining due to habitat loss and degradation, and conservation efforts are underway to protect its remaining habitat.