African Sacred Ibis

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.

African Sacred Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

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.

 

African Sacred Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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