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SOUTHERN BALD IBIS (Geronticus calvus) ©Terry Chay or tychay via Flickr
Location: found in open grassland or semi-desert in the mountains of southern Africa
Status: Vulnerable
Facts:
The scientific name of this strange looking bird means ‘bald, old man’,  and refers to its bare head and wrinkled skin on the face and neck. 
The  plumage is a very dark green, with highlights of iridescent green,  bronze and violet, and shimmering copper patches on its shoulders. 
This  contrasts sharply with the whitish bare skin on the head and neck, and  the bright red crown, which is distinctly domed.
 The southern bald ibis generally nests on cliffs along deep river gorges, or by waterfalls
young were taken by the Zulu to be used as medicine, 
Boer farmers shot  this ibis during the South African wars to supplement their meat  supplies, and settlers hunted it for both food and its feathers. 
Despite now being protected across its range, local hunting pressure  remains a threat. 
However, the main reason for the species’ decline in the early 20th century was the spread of karoo vegetation as a result of severe overgrazing of the grasslands. 
The planting of conifers in some areas, made large areas of  grassland unsuitable for the ibis, and thus its range is now much  smaller than it once was 
Fact Source: http://www.arkive.org/southern-bald-ibis/geronticus-calvus/#text=All
electricorchid:

the southern bald ibis (Geronticus calvus) is a wading bird from the open scrubland of southern Africa | +

SOUTHERN BALD IBIS (Geronticus calvus) ©Terry Chay or tychay via Flickr

Location: found in open grassland or semi-desert in the mountains of southern Africa

Status: Vulnerable

Facts:

  • The scientific name of this strange looking bird means ‘bald, old man’, and refers to its bare head and wrinkled skin on the face and neck.
  • The plumage is a very dark green, with highlights of iridescent green, bronze and violet, and shimmering copper patches on its shoulders.
  • This contrasts sharply with the whitish bare skin on the head and neck, and the bright red crown, which is distinctly domed.
  • The southern bald ibis generally nests on cliffs along deep river gorges, or by waterfalls
  • young were taken by the Zulu to be used as medicine,
  • Boer farmers shot this ibis during the South African wars to supplement their meat supplies, and settlers hunted it for both food and its feathers.
  • Despite now being protected across its range, local hunting pressure remains a threat.
  • However, the main reason for the species’ decline in the early 20th century was the spread of karoo vegetation as a result of severe overgrazing of the grasslands.
  • The planting of conifers in some areas, made large areas of grassland unsuitable for the ibis, and thus its range is now much smaller than it once was

Fact Source: http://www.arkive.org/southern-bald-ibis/geronticus-calvus/#text=All

electricorchid:

the southern bald ibis (Geronticus calvus) is a wading bird from the open scrubland of southern Africa | +

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