Sacred Ibis - Birds

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Sacred Ibis

Threskiornis aethiopicus

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: approx. 1.4 kg (3lbs)
Wingspan: 1.2-1.3 m (4ft - 4ft 4in)
Body lenght: approx. 0.6-0.7 m (2ft - 2ft 4in)
Wild population: no relevant data
Lifespan: max. 20 years
Gestation: 2-3 eggs, incubation after 28 - 29 days
Voice: usually silent
Identification: The bald head and neck, thick curved bill and legs are black, the white wings
Range: most of Sub-Saharan Africa except Somalia, parts of Namibia and east coast of Madagascar
Habitat: salt and freshwater shores on the coast, by the lakes, lagoons, rivers and marshes, often far from water

Protecting organisations:

Old Egyptians believed that their god Thoth sometimes came to earth in the form of a Sacred Ibis.
Nests in tree colonies of 50 - 2000 pairs, often with other large wading birds such as herons. It builds a stick nest often in a baobab tree. Introduced rapidly growing populations in southern Europe are seen as a potential problem.

Sacred Ibis  (Threskiornis aethiopicus ) -
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camera:NIKON D300
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:600 mm
exposure time:1/1000 s
stativ:GITZO 1541T + MA 322RC 2
location:South Luangwa, Zambia