The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Sacred Ibis

Afrikaans name: Skoorsteenveër

The Sacred Ibis is often found close to water

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Threskiornis aethiopicus

Many of us are familiar with the Hadeda Ibis. The Sacred Ibis is just as common but it is found around bodies of water instead of our gardens. It is definitely not as rowdy as the Hadeda.

The Sacred Ibis gets its name from Egypt where, some thousands of years ago, it was revered by the ancient Egyptians. Many of them were mummified and included in tombs.

Although the Sacred Ibis favours wetland habitats it can often be seen at rubbish dumps.

It feeds on a wide variety of prey including insects, fish, reptiles and small mammals and birds.

The Sacred Ibis nests in colonies in trees along with other species such as herons and pelicans.

Male and female have the same colouration.

References and further reading

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 31

Wild Issue 44 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 60

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 40

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 37

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Published: 1989 - Page: 96

Two Oceans - Author: Branch, Griffiths, Branch and Beckley - Published: 2010 - Page: 356

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 43

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 38

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 6

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 29

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 131

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 142

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 70

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 58

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 72

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 71

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 54

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 50

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 37

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 178

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 50

go! - Issue 190 - Author: - Published: 2023 - Page: 115

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 62

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 32

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 84

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 84

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 28

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 7

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 30

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 34

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 26

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 10

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 10

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 45

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 38

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 44

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 165

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 165

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 50

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 28

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