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)
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)
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
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
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
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
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
The only endangered species of spoonbills is the Black-faced Spoonbill, and this species also has the most restricted distribution range of any spoonbill species. In the 1950s the population of this species was reduced to 300 in the wild. A large number of wild eggs were harvested immediately after the Korean war, which was likely…Continue reading Black-faced Spoonbills increase!!
Two new papers in the recently-completed March 2017 issue of the journal Waterbirds explore the biology and behaviour of spoonbills. Csaba Pigniczki documents a fascinating feeding behaviour of the Eurasian Spoonbill that was presented with the problem of a large frog that did not want to be swallowed. Csaba writes of how observations showed that…Continue reading Spoonbill work featured in the Mar 2017 issue of “Waterbirds”
European LIFE+ Human Led Migration 2016. Contributed by SIS-SG member Johannes Fritz. On August 19, 2016, the human-led migration started. At 10:30 am two microlight aircrafts and 25 birds departed from the training camp in Seekirchen am Wallersee, country of Salzburg. The route leads along the Mountainranges Tennengebirge and Dachstein to the south, then along…Continue reading 25 Northern Bald Ibis start a new life!