Dwarf Ibis, Dwarf Olive Ibis, Sao Tome Ibis

Dwarf Ibis, Dwarf Olive Ibis, Sao Tome Ibis

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Dwarf Ibis, Dwarf Olive Ibis, Sao Tome Ibis by Robert Schlenker
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
THRESKIORNITHIDAE
Order: 
PELECANIFORMES
Genus: 
Bostrychia
Species: 
bocagei
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Chapin, 1923)
Medium: 
Oil
Artist Statement: 
The Dwarf Ibis is a critically endangered species with less than 100 individuals accounted for in the wild. The Dwarf Ibis's principle range is in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western coast of Central Africa. Dwarf Ibis are typically found in lowland swampy areas, usually alone or in small flocks. These birds feed on invertebrates, probing along with their long curved bill. It is very concerning that it has been years since a nest has been found. Still, there are no substantive conservation measures in place. It is quite possible this unique bird could soon disappear forever.