Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus

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Short description of Threskiornis aethiopicus, Sacred Ibis

A large, mainly white bird with black head, neck and long, heavy, downcurved bill, black scapular plumes and long black legs. In flight, it can be identified by the narrow black trailing edge to the broad white wings, and the characteristic dark head, neck and bill.

Description of Threskiornis aethiopicus, Sacred Ibis status in GB

Single sacred ibises occur sporadically in the wild in GB. Some individuals have been observed over several years, roaming between sites.

Habitat summary: Threskiornis aethiopicus, Sacred Ibis

The main habitats used are wet grasslands and other shallow wetlands, but birds sometimes also feed at human sites, such as landfill sites, in arable fields and in intertidal zones at estuaries.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Angola, Burkina, Burundi, Benin, Botswana, Central African Republic, Congo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Iran, Kenya, Comoros, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Somalia, Swaziland, Chad, Togo, Tanzania, Uganda, North Yemen, South Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Functional type: Predator
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Pantyfynnon
Date of first record: 1995

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

October 3rd 2019

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