Southern Central Africa – Middle East
insects – small invertebrates – fish
swamp, wetlands, Reservoirs
spawn: 2-5 – Incubation: 21 days
The Sacred Ibis is called Sacred because it was worshipped by the ancient Egiptians who considered it the bird of the God Toth, symbol of wisdom. For this reason it was raised in temples where it could roam freely.
It lives in large groups close to swamps, rivers and marshes. It also lives close to villages unafraid of the humans who catch it when they can to eat its excellent meat.
It has a naked neck and head covered with dark velvety skin. The long beak is black, pointed and curved into a sickle shape.
Reproduction occurs between June and August. The female lays 2-3 eggs.