The African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus aethiopicus) is a common African water bird.
The African Sacred Ibis is mainly white. It has a wrinkled black featherless head and neck, that has a large decurved beak (curving downward). Its tail feathers are iridescent blue-black. Its eyes are brown with a dark red eye-ring when it is breeding, which is also called an orbital ring. Its legs and feet are black.
The African Sacred Ibis can grow to 63.5-81 centimetres (25-32 inches) tall.
It likes wetlands, swamps, mudflats, and marshes. It also likes coastal lagoons and estuaries. It feeds on fish in shallow water.
It flies in a V-formation, and nests in large colonies.
It builds a nest in trees.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM