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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Ibidorhynchidae
Genus: Ibidorhyncha
Species: struthersii
Binomial name
Ibidorhyncha struthersii

The Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii is a bird related to the waders, but sufficiently distinctive to merit its own family Ibidorhynchidae .

It lives on the shingle riverbanks of the high plateaux of central Asia and the Himalayas.

This bird is quite unmistakeable. The adult is grey with a white belly, red legs and long down curved bill, and a black face and black breast band. The young birds lack the black on the face and breast, and the bill is duller.

It lays four eggs on the ground.

For an alternative classification of the Charadriiformes, see Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy.

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