The Stork Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group at 4th IUCN SSC Leaders’ Meeting 2019

Eleven years after the first International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SCC) Leaders’ Meeting held in Al Ain in 2008, the leadership of the IUCN and SSC will meet again from 6 to 9 October in Abu Dhabi to discuss the functioning, growth and integration of species conservation work. You can…Continue reading The Stork Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group at 4th IUCN SSC Leaders’ Meeting 2019

International Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor Census 2019

Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor is listed as “Globally Endangered” on the basis of a suspected very rapid population decline in the coming future owing to predicted loss of habitat primarily from development for land reclamation and pollution. An annual census is organised at wetland sites along the coastal area of East Asia since 1994. The 2019…Continue reading International Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor Census 2019

VII International Conference on Black Stork (Doñana National Park, Spain)

The 1st international Conference on Black Stork Ciconia nigra took place in Kemeri (Latvia) in 1993. Since then, a total of six international conferences on Black Stork have been organized: I International Conference on Black Stork in Kemeri (Latvia) 1993 II International Conference on Black Stork in Trujillo (Spain) 1996 III International Conference on Black…Continue reading VII International Conference on Black Stork (Doñana National Park, Spain)

IX Eurasian Spoonbill workshop in Djerba (Tunisia)

The Eurasian Spoonbill International Expert Group (ESIEG) is one of the first research network created on a waterbird species. It was formed in 1991 and then linked to Eurosite until 2013 when the group became an AEWA International Species Expert Groups (http://www.unep-aewa.org/en/workinggroup/aewa-international-species-expert-groups-iseg). From 14 to 18 November 2018, the IXth workshop of the group will take place…Continue reading IX Eurasian Spoonbill workshop in Djerba (Tunisia)

Australian Project using remote nest cameras and GPS satellite tracking to study Ibises and Spoonbills

Contributed by SIS-SG member Heather McGinness, CSIRO Australia. Featured image: H. McGinness Australia hosts three ibis and two spoonbill species: Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis), Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) and Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes). All of these species are thought to be primarily nomadic, due to the…Continue reading Australian Project using remote nest cameras and GPS satellite tracking to study Ibises and Spoonbills

Glossy ibises flying at Doñana marshland, Spain. © Héctor Garrido, 2008.

Announcement of the 1st international workshop on Glossy ibis Plegadis falcinellus

The 1st international workshop on Glossy ibis Plegadis falcinellus will be held between the 27th and 29th November 2017 at Doñana, a protected area in Southern Spain, where the species came back to breed in 1996, after many decades that the species was not reproducing in the country. Since then, the population showed a sharp…Continue reading Announcement of the 1st international workshop on Glossy ibis Plegadis falcinellus

Glossy ibises flying at Doñana marshland, Spain. © Héctor Garrido, 2008.

Kushlan Research Award 2017 is to investigate the Glossy ibis

The Kushlan Research Award winner of this year is a proposal promoted by one of our members, Simone Santoro (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain), and Alejandro Centeno-Cuadros (Biotech Business International, Spain). The aim is investigating the glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) gene flow at a worldwide scale by combining nuclear and microsatellite markers. The project has…Continue reading Kushlan Research Award 2017 is to investigate the Glossy ibis

Brooding over White Stork nest behaviours

In birds, behaviours of nestlings and provisioning adult birds are greatly varied. In most species, jostling by senior nestlings to reduce food access of younger nestlings is common. In birds like storks where chicks are altricial, or featherless and blind at hatching, competition for food among nestlings is a common feature. The bigger and more…Continue reading Brooding over White Stork nest behaviours

Touchy-feely Crested Ibis fare better amid visual egrets

Feeding in flocks is hard work. And no one knows this more than ibises. Jostling ibis flocks in marshes are common, and fights often break out as birds try to get at food before their neighbours can. Flock-feeding is not all about competition though – more eyes and ears make for a safer feeding experience.…Continue reading Touchy-feely Crested Ibis fare better amid visual egrets