SACRED IBIS

Threskiornis aethiopicus

  • Common name:
    SACRED IBIS

    Scientific name:
    Threskiornis aethiopicus

    Class:
    Birds

    Order:
    Ciconiformi

    Famili:
    Threskiornithidae

    Provenance:
    Southern Central Africa – Middle East

    Diet:
    insects – small invertebrates – fish

    Habitat:
    swamp, wetlands, Reservoirs

    Reproduction:
    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.