Ibidorhyncha – Ibisbill

Owner of one of the most peculiar-looking beak shapes in all of the bird kingdom

A very rare wader of Asia’s flat rocky rivers

The ibisbill breeds at high elevations in flat-bottomed river basins with slow-flowing water on pebble-and-rounded-boulder-formed banks or islands. It may be found at elevations ranging from 500 to 4000 meters (1650 – 13,000 ft). It moves to 100 meters (330 ft) in elevation during the winter, although it stays in the same habitat.

The ibisbill eats various insects and their larvae, crustaceans, and tiny fish, the latter of which is mainly caught during the winter at lower elevations. This species is extremely specialized, and the long, down-curved beak is utilized for eating, pecking, probing, and raking in three different ways.