The sacred ibis was believed by the ancient Egyptians to be the embodiment of “Thoth” the god of wisdom. Many ibis have been found mummified in the tombs of Pharaohs!
Size: Height: Around 68cm
The sacred ibis is found near shores and marshes throughout Africa. Once common in Egypt, it became extinct in this area about a century ago.
Sacred ibis feed on amphibians, insects, insect larvae and other small aquatic animals. They have also been known to eat snakes!
Sacred ibises nest on the ground in papyrus thickets or in bushes and trees, building untidy platforms of sticks. They lay 3 or 4 eggs and take 21-23 days to hatch. Both parents share incubation duties.
The sacred ibis is not classed as endangered although it is threatened by egg and young collection, disease and disturbance by workers.