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 17 videos
A bird wading and probing Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aethiopicus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2005 8 years ago 48 sec 4.7
Bird feeding in a marshy area Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year ago 47 sec 4.6
birds on the nest Locality Kisoro, Uganda (ssp aethiopicus)
Daniêl Jimenez 16 September 2010 3 years ago 27 sec 4.5
In a pond Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 49 weeks 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 3 years ago 41 sec 4.4
Many birds congregating at dusk in a mixed species roosting site around a wetland Locality Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp aethiopicus)
Josep del Hoyo 14 August 1998 7 years ago 31 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 79 photos
Moving wings, landing.
Locality Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp aethiopicus)
Fran Trabalon 9 January 2010 3 years ago 4.6
Locality Hyena Dam, Nairobi National Park, Kenya
James Kashangaki 15 June 2014 22 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Kotu Sewage Ponds, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp aethiopicus)
Paul Cools 4 February 2011 2 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 4 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 11 weeks ago 4.4
Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
Locality Lake Mutanda, Entebbe, Uganda
Jacques Erard 15 August 2010 1 year ago 4.3
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