The Downward Curved Bill ( do see the featured image above) resembling the Crescent Moon gave the Ibis headed God of Ancient Egypt his name “Thoth”.
Nature and Ancient Mythologies have always been deeply intertwined since time immemorial. In India this is more apparent than in other countries as many religions that originated from this land are still practiced and followed by millions.
I spotted this family of Black Ibis or Indian Black Ibis or Red-Naped Ibis ( English), Pseudibis papillosa ( Scientific name) en-route to the breathtaking Keshav temple at Somanathpur , Karnataka, India.
The drive through rural Karnataka from Srirangapatnam to Somnathpur is not only historical but a treat for sore eyes as it runs along the River Cauvery ( or Kaveri) and is a welcome departure from stressed highways.( do read an earlier post titled HEAVENLY RAYS)
The Indian Black Ibis is native to the Indian Subcontinent and was spotted hunting for food in the well irrigated paddy fields. Unfortunately it has disappeared from Pakistan for reasons unknown to me but thrives in India.
The picture below though out of focus is interesting as this apparently startled Red Headed Indian Ibis was caught looking directly at the camera.
The Head if you observe is bereft of feathers.
I have read , though not convinced, that the legs turn Red during the breeding season. The white patch ,which is just about visible in these pictures, on the shoulders and Red Head distinguish this Ibis from other species like the Glossy Ibis.
I wonder how the Ancient Egyptians detected this lovely RED HEAD which now resides only in the Indian subcontinent. Enchanting thought, what say you?