60 cm, wingspan 95 cm.
Lakes, swamps, lagoons, sewage ponds, rivers wet meadows and irrigated cultivation.
Roosting sites in large trees often far from water.
In this case near Maayan Tzvi. Nests in freshwater or brackish wetlands, usually in tall dense trees or in low trees or bushes over or near water.
Food and Feeding.
Insects: grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, locusts and small reptiles, frogs and fish.
Usually feeds in small flocks by "walks slowly" and probes bill into mud and shallow water, or takes prey from surface sometimes runs after prey.
Migratory and dispersive, post-breeding dispersal of adults and young birds in all directions. In Europe migrates in autumn mostly to Africa. In Africaa, some birds sedentary and some disperse after breeding. In Australia birds breeding in winter.
Status and Conservation.
Not globally threatened. Marked contraction of range in Palearctic during 20th centuty.
In Israel the subspecies Plegadis falcinellus Common passage migrant, uncommon to common in summer and uncommon local breeder.
In Hebrew It's called "Maglan"