Scientific Name: Pseudibis papillosa Common Name: Black Ibis Other Names: Red-naped ibis, kālakaṇṭak, anril, karankal, nella kankanam, kālā buza
Identifying Features: bare dark head, red crown, white patch on shoulder, dark brown body, pinkish legs, long bill
- Unlike other ibises, it is not very dependent on water and is often found in dry fields a good distance away from water.
- In British India, indigo planters considered them useful as they appeared to consume a large number of crickets in the fields.
- The Tamil Sangam literature mentions a bird called the “anril” which was described as having a curved bill and calling from atop palmyra palms
This image was clicked by Partha Mukherjee – via Flickr.
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