The northern bald ibis has reappeared after 400 years in the area of Malësia e Madhe, near the shores of Lake Shkodra. It is a migratory species, once present in Europe. It was seen in France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Western Balkans until around the 17th century.
The northern bald ibis disappeared in the 17th century, due to hunting. After about 400 years, a male northern bald ibis , named "NOVA" has recently been seen in the area of Malësia e Madhe, near the shores of Lake Shkodra.
"This extraordinary event, the presence of the species for the first time in Albania after 400 years, turns out to be a great event for the biological diversity of Albania", - writes AOS in a public announcement.
The northern bald ibis, hermit ibis is a migratory bird found in barren, semi-desert or rocky habitats, often close to running water. This 70–80 cm (28–31 in) glossy black ibis, which, unlike many members of the ibis family, is non-wading, has an unfeathered red face and head, and a long, curved red bill. It breeds colonially on coastal or mountain cliff ledges, where it typically lays two to three eggs in a stick nest, and feeds on lizards, insects, and other small animals.