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
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There are several on exhibit in the African pavilion.
Locality Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Miriam Bauman 6 August 2011 1 year ago 3.5
Madagascar White Ibis (Threskiornis bernieri) - adult bird.
Locality Vogelpark Walsrode, Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany (ssp bernieri)
Tomasz Doroń 5 July 2011 2 years ago 3.4
Group of birds alongside the hippo pool
Locality Haller Park (Bamburu Nature Trail), Mombasa, Kenya (ssp aethiopicus)
MichaelP 14 December 2008 22 weeks ago 3.4
Locality Palude di Casalbeltrame Natural Reserve, Piedmont Region, Italy
Cristiano Crolle 10 September 2011 1 year ago 3.4
In the lake
Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aethiopicus)
Guy Poisson 1 February 2010 2 years ago 3.4
A bird on a grassland.
Locality Pendjari National Park, Atakora Department, Benin (ssp aethiopicus)
Josep del Hoyo 8 April 1980 1 year ago 3.3
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