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Giant Ibis



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Three giant ibis, one in the foreground and two in the background center, photographed by a camera trap in northeastern Cambodia's Mondulkiri Protected Forest together with, from left to right, 4 lesser adjutants, 4 woolly-necked and 1 black-necked stork, as well as 3 Eld's deer.
© FA / WWF-Cambodia

Key Facts

  • Common Name

    Giant Ibis

  • Scientific Name

    Thaumatibis gigantea

  • Status

    In Cambodia: Critically Endangered; IUCN: Critically Endangered

    IUCN Red List Entry

  • Body Length

    102 - 106cm

  • Weight

    3.5 - 4.2kg

  • Did you know?

    The giant ibis is Cambodia's national bird

The giant ibis is critically endangered with just a tiny declining population as a result of habitat loss, hunting, disturbance and lowland deforestation.
Nowadays, isolated breeding populations only persist in Cambodia’s Preah Vihear and Mondulkiri province where, with a bit of luck, giant ibis can be encountered at the dry forest’s many watering holes within the Eastern Plains Landscape.

This ibis has recently been declared Cambodia's national bird, and conservation efforts are crucial to its protection.