07 6 / 2013

African Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus
The African Sacred Ibis dwells in sub-Saharan Africa, southeastern Iraq, and formerly in Egypt, where it was venerated and often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth.  Legends state that at the beginning of spring, winged serpents fly upon Egypt, and the Sacred Ibis meet them and kill them before they can enter.
The African Sacred Ibis occurs in marshy wetlands and mud flats, both inland and on the coast. It will also visit cultivation and rubbish dumps.  The ibis nests in tree colonies, often alongside other large wading birds such as herons.  They make nomadic or semi-migratory movements with the African continent, moving away from the equator at the beginning of the breeding season and then returning to equatorial regions.  They eat fish, frogs, small mammals, reptiles, smaller birds, and insects.(x)(x)

African Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicus

The African Sacred Ibis dwells in sub-Saharan Africa, southeastern Iraq, and formerly in Egypt, where it was venerated and often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth.  Legends state that at the beginning of spring, winged serpents fly upon Egypt, and the Sacred Ibis meet them and kill them before they can enter.

The African Sacred Ibis occurs in marshy wetlands and mud flats, both inland and on the coast. It will also visit cultivation and rubbish dumps.  The ibis nests in tree colonies, often alongside other large wading birds such as herons.  They make nomadic or semi-migratory movements with the African continent, moving away from the equator at the beginning of the breeding season and then returning to equatorial regions.  They eat fish, frogs, small mammals, reptiles, smaller birds, and insects.(x)(x)

(Source: ibc.lynxeds.com)

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