Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon) photographed on Sado Island in Japan. The Japanese name for this bird is Toki. These are large birds that can reach 78.5cm in length.
At one time they were widespread in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and Russia but they have now largely mostly disappeared in their former ranges. There were believed to be extinct in China until 1981 when seven ibis were found in Shaanxi province. Since then an extensive breeding program has been under taken in both China and Japan to protect and bring back this fabulous species. This project has been a great success in both Japan and China with released birds now breeding successfully on Sado Island and with 130 colonies being recorded in China.
Photo by Sicklebill Safaris guide Phil Gregory.