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Ibis - Red-naped Ibis

Pseudibis papillosa


Medium sized bird; adults have black naked head with triangular patch of red warts on head; long downward curved bill; glossy dark brownish-black plumage glazed blue; scapulars and back feathers, bronze green; brown neck, mantle, lower back and rump; bright orange-red eye; black tail, richly glazed with blue green; white shoulder patch, more visible in flight; short red or fleshy pink legs. Photo taken at Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, U.P. India


riverbeds, lakes, marshes; dry grassland and fallow land


widespread resident of India, Pakistan and Nepal Alternate English name - Black Ibis Scarce breeding resident

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Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a year ago

Congrats on SOTD!! Beautiful colours!

Beautiful capture Karan,congrats on te well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing your fantastic spotting page with us.

DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Karan, your Red-naped Ibis is our Spotting of the Day:

"Found in the plains of the Indian Subcontinent, this Red-naped Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa) is our Spotting of the Day! Adults are recognized by a patch of crimson red warty skin on their crown that extends behind the nape. This read patch is what is technically known as a caruncle, a fleshy, often colorful outgrowth that develop as a normal part of animals' anatomy. Other familiar examples of caruncles in birds are the wattle of turkeys, or the red fleshy mask surrounding the head of adult Muscovy ducks."



Karan Raghwa
Spotted by
Karan Raghwa

Uttar Pradesh, India

Spotted on Dec 23, 2018
Submitted on Jan 16, 2019

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