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Isisbill

The Ibisbill (Ibidorhyncha struthersii) is a species of bird related to the waders, but merits its own family Ibidorhynchidae. It is found on shingle riverbanks of the high plateau of central Asia and the Himalayas. The taxonomic position of the Ibisbill is unclear. It may be related to both oystercatchers and avocets.

This bird is quite distinctive. The adult is gray with a white belly, red legs and long downward curved bill. The face and breast band is black. Young birds lack the black on the face and breast, and the bill is duller. The legs are a dull sepia in young as well. Despite its striking appearance it is difficult to spot in its stony environment.

The Ibisbill feeds by probing under rocks or gravel on stream beds. Its call is a ringing klew-klew that resembles the call of a Greenshank. The female lays four eggs in a scrape on the ground.

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