One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A stork with a slightly down-curved bill and a bare face or head, found in America and Africa.
Genus Mycteria, family Ciconiidae: the black-faced M. americana of America, and the red-faced M. ibis of AfricaAlso called wood stork
- ‘There seemed to be a continual flap of wings as Louisiana herons, little blue herons, Ward's herons, blue-winged teal, Florida ducks, American egrets, white ibises, wood ibises, snowy egrets, black-crowned night herons, green herons, coots and other birds took to the air.’
- ‘There is a tradition to the effect that the wood ibis is a solitary misanthrope, but Audubon mentions thousands in a flock.’
- ‘The birdlife of the Corkscrew reaches a dramatic climax in the ancestral colony of wood storks, or wood ibises, which nest in mid-winter in one part of the swamp or another.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Mr. Edison was a major supporter, in the 1950's, of efforts to preserve a three-square-mile area in southwest Florida of bald cypress trees that included large rookeries of wood ibises and American egrets.’
- ‘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.’
2A mainly brown ibis with a greenish crest, found only in Madagascar.
Lophotibis cristata, family Threskiornithidae
- ‘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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