Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Rare Crested Ibis Lays First Egg

Last year a pair of rare crested ibis was given to Japan by China as a symbol of friendship. Japan-born ibises became extinct in 2003.

The pair arrived at the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center in Niigata Prefecture in October 2018 on the 40th anniversary of the two countries' peace and friendship treaty. Their names are Guan Guan (female) and Lou Lou (male).  

The pair had been exhibiting the mating ritual of exchanging small branches since mid-February. Guan Guan has laid an egg which is expected to hatch any day now. 


Jeanie said...

what a gorgeous bird! And Success in mating! YAY!

diamondc said...

Oh my what a beautiful face.


kiwikid said...

That is exciting .

Queeniepatch said...

Good news!
Good luck!

Mae Travels said...

Extinctions of any bird species are a tragedy that one wishes we humans would avoid. Such a reminder of how we are ruining our home: Earth.

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Carol- Beads and Birds said...

what an interesting bird! Fingers crossed.
xx, Carol

Leonore Winterer said...

Great to know the Chinese name everything with these 'doubled' names, I thought it was just pandas!