Sacred Ibis

Birds with downcurved hills are mostly specialized for probing in soil or mud for food but the Sacred Ibis is very much a general feeder. It frequents marshy ground, the edges of lakes or rivers, grassland (especially after grass fires), cultivated fields, and even garbage dumps at the edges of towns. It hunts any kind of small animal as well as eggs and nestlings of other birds, and also eats carrion and offal. The Sacred Ibis Hies on broad, black-tipped wings with neck extended, alternately flapping and gliding, often in flocks in V formation. It feeds and roosts in large or small Hocks and nests in crowded colonies. Young birds lack the long bill. They feed directly from the throat of the parent bird.

NEST A platform made of twigs and sticks, lined with grass and leaves, and placed in a tree, in a bush, or on the ground.

Distribution Africa south of the Sahara, n. Yemen, and s. Iraq Remark i his bird

.vas held sacred by the ancient

Egyptians.

Like other wading storks, this species is tall and long-legged, with a long, thick bill and strong colors. It occurs in any kind of water where it can fish. The Saddlcbil! has several feeding methods. It stands in water and stabs fish 011 sight; it walks among watcrplants and jabs at random; or it may sweep its bill through muddy water to catch fish by touch. Occasionally it stirs up the mud w ith one foot to disturb fish. Saddlebills roost ¡11 pairs in trees and nest in scattered pairs. In courtship, thev run with wings spread, displaying their boldly marked plumage. • NEST a platform of sticks, lined with reeds, sedges, and earth, on a bush or tree, usually near water.

• Distribution

Much of Africa south of the Sahara I )csert.

Apart from the difference in body size, the female can he DISTR1BIrriON recognized by her yellow iris.

Family ClCONIIDAK

Species F.phippiorhynchus senegatensis L57 in ( 145 cm)/51 in (130 cm)

P|um*e Sexes alike

Habitat

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Species '¡'firvskiumis aethiopicus

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Habitat

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