White Stork adults are also infamous for filial infanticide – the killing of chicks by adults at the nest. Why should this be so?
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”