Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) - HBW 1, p. 493
French: Ibis sacré
German: Heiliger Ibis
Spanish: Ibis Sagrado
Other common names: Madagascar (Sacred) Ibis (bernieri); Aldabra (Sacred) Ibis (abbotti)
Taxonomy: Tantalus aethiopicus Latham, 1790, Aethiopia = ? Egypt.
Forms superspecies with T. melanocephalus and T. molucca; these two sometimes regarded as races of T. aethiopicus. Races bernieri and abbotti very similar, perhaps better considered single form (bernieri has priority), that some regard as distinct species. Three subspecies normally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- aethiopicus (Latham, 1790) - Africa S of Sahara, SE Iraq; formerly Egypt.
- bernieri (Bonaparte, 1855) - Madagascar.
- abbotti (Ridgway, 1893) - Aldabra I.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 19 videos
A bird wading and probing Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aethiopicus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 9 years ago 48 sec 4.8
Bird feeding in a marshy area Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 2 years ago 47 sec 4.7
birds on the nest Locality Kisoro, Uganda (ssp aethiopicus)
Daniêl Jimenez 16 September 2010 5 years ago 27 sec 4.5
A bird trying to catch an eel without success. Locality Guérande Salt Marshes, Guérande, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
Alain Beaufils 6 October 2008 7 years ago 32 sec 4.5
In a pond Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 2 years ago 45 sec 4.4
group busily feeding on dry ground, little bit of jealousy and a couple of grubs found Locality Heddalo Lake, Liben Plains, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aethiopicus)
Martin Kennewell 31 October 2010 5 years ago 41 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 97 photos
A bird flying
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (ssp aethiopicus)
Frederic Pelsy 13 October 2015 12 weeks ago 5
Locality Hyena Dam, Nairobi National Park, Kenya
James Kashangaki 15 June 2014 1 year ago 4.5
Locality Kotu Sewage Ponds, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp aethiopicus)
Paul Cools 4 February 2011 3 years ago 4.5
Moving wings, landing.
Locality Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp aethiopicus)
Fran Trabalon 9 January 2010 5 years ago 4.5
An adult bird feeding on anemones dislodged by a recent storm.
Locality Mida Creek Reserve, Kenya (ssp aethiopicus)
Steve Garvie 7 August 2007 6 years ago 4.5
An African Sacred Ibis nabs a frog on the banks of the Boteti River in Botswana.
Locality Botswana (ssp aethiopicus)
Lee Ouzman 15 September 2012 1 year ago 4.4