Bald ibis migration

This video is called Bald Ibis, Oued Massa, Morocco.

From BirdLife:

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.

See also here.

Poison blamed for critical bald ibis deaths: here. And here.

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.

3 thoughts on “Bald ibis migration

  1. Endangered species of birds nest for second time in 500 years

    By: thinkSPAIN , Thursday, May 28, 2009

    TWO endangered species of birds have made a nest in the La Breña and Marismas nature reserve in Barbate (Cádiz).

    The bald Ibis is one of the most threatened species on the planet, and in the last few years, 96 per cent of its population has died out.

    This is the second year running that the bird has nested in the area.

    Last year, they made their first nest in over 500 years.

    Until then, experts were unable to breed Bald Ibis in captivity to increase its population.

    But now, two birds in a zoo in Jerez have produced one chick, and another two eggs are waiting to hatch.

    A further 30 or so have now been released into the wild in the Sierra del Retín.

    Only two other colonies of this bird exist in the world – one in Morocco of 300, and another with around a dozen in Syria.


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