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wood ibis

Syllabification: wood i·bis

Definition of wood ibis in English:

noun

1A stork with a slightly down-curved bill and a bare face or head, found in America and Africa. Also called wood stork.
  • Genus Mycteria, family Ciconiidae: the black-faced M. americana of America, and the red-faced M. ibis of Africa
Example sentences
  • In the Lochinvar, regarded as Zambia's prime birds sanctuary, there is the crested cranes, saddle-bill storks, egrets, wood ibis, vultures and the rare shoebill stork.
  • There is a tradition to the effect that the wood ibis is a solitary misanthrope, but Audubon mentions thousands in a flock.
  • In the area, it is common to see birds such as scarlet ibises, storks, wood ibises, herons, jaçanas and maguari storks, besides capybaras, anacondas, sloths, monkeys, and much more.
2 (crested wood ibis) A mainly brown ibis with a greenish crest, found only in Madagascar.
  • Lophotibis cristata, family Threskiornithidae
Example sentences
  • My best wild bird sighting so far is a Madagascan crested wood ibis in 1987, but I saw some at a zoo in Berlin in 2007.

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