This video is called Bald Ibis, Oued Massa, Morocco.
Bald Ibis jigsaw falling into place
Efforts to save the Middle East’s rarest bird have been boosted by two chance sightings of the species 1,500 miles apart.
Northern Bald Ibises were seen last month in the Jordan Valley for the first time in 13 years, and in Djibouti, east Africa, for the first time ever, raising hopes that numbers of this species are not as low as scientists fear.
The bird was thought extinct in the Middle East in the 1990s before a colony of just six birds was found in Palmyra, Syria in 2002. Since then, adult and young birds have been fitted with satellite tags by the RSPB and BirdLife Middle East, to try to discover and protect their migration routes and wintering sites. The tagged adult birds are currently in Ethiopia for the winter.
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Conservationists trying to prevent the extinction of the Northern Bald Ibis — one of the world’s rarest birds — are distraught that one of the last remaining wild birds in the Middle East has been shot by a hunter in Saudi Arabia, bringing the known wild Middle Eastern population of this Critically Endangered species to just four individuals: here.
July 2010. In the time of the pharaohs, the northern bald ibis was revered as a god, Thoth [Wasn’t Thoth rather the sacred ibis?]. But now this bird has become the rarest in the Middle East – with just three wild individuals in Syria, plus one juvenile reared this year. Formerly thought to be extinct in the wild in the Middle East, in 2002 researchers were delighted when they discovered a tiny population near the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, their last known refuge in the region: here.