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African Sacred Ibis

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Threskiomis aethiopicus

  • Classification: Bird
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 20 years
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10 years
  • Wingspan: 3 ft
  • Weight: 3 lbs
  • Range: Northern Africa, SE Iraq and former Egypt, naturalized in Florida
  • Habitat: Wetlands, mudflats
    • Diet in the Wild: fish, amphibians, small mammals, bird eggs, young insects
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: moistened dog kibble, fish, mealworms

The sacred ibis, like all wading birds, makes its home around water – riverbanks, muddy fields, ponds, marshes – but can also be seen scavenging food from human landfills. They have specialized beaks designed to dabble in shallow water, filtering out invertebrates, small fish, and amphibians. As the name implies, it was worshiped by the ancient Egyptians, who frequently mummified ibis to bury with their dead. They even had an ibis-headed deity: Thoth, god of writing and knowledge. Due to habitat loss, sacred ibis is extinct in the wild in Egypt, but can be found in other regions of Africa. It has been proposed to carefully attempt to reintroduce them into Egypt. Comprehensive studies are being done to check the feasibility of the project, and if it is approved, it will take many years to become a reality. These birds, along with many other migratory species rely on wetlands to breed and move along their migratory routes. The conversion of wetlands and pasture into developed areas is an ongoing threat for them in the wild.

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