Baby crested ibises hatch at central China nature reserve

Dongzhai National Nature Reserve in central China's Henan Province on Friday reported a new record of 81 crested ibis nestlings in the breeding season this year.

Researchers spotted 42 couples of the bird under first-class state protection in the wild, 31 of which successfully laid eggs and hatched 81 baby birds.

The bird nestlings waved their wings and pecked their parents' beaks, asking for food.

As a nature reserve with the largest population of wild crested ibis, Dongzhai Nature Reserve is home to 400 crested ibises, according to last year's data.

(Cover images via VCG)

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