Species Factsheet

Threskiornis aethiopicus


Complete name: Threskiornis aethiopicus (Latham, 1790)
Taxonomy: Aves » Chordata » Aves » Ciconiiformes » Threskiornithidae » Threskiornis aethiopicus
Authors: Philippe Clergeau and Pierre Yésou
Last updated: October 12th, 2006

Common Names

Sacred ibis.


Threskionis aethiopicus

Short Description

This large white bird (around 1.4 kg) has a black head and neck. It is mostly found in wet areas in meadows and inland wetlands to coastal areas, and is gregarious, often forming large groups. It is carnivorous with a tendency to omnivory. The diet is based on terrestrial and aquatic insects, fishes, batrachians, molluscs and crustaceans. It can also feed upon small mammals and bird eggs and on animal and vegetable refuse.