Other birds

Morphology

Weight
from 1.2 to 1.5 kg
Height
89 cm
Length
Wingspan : 112 to 124 cm

Classification

Classe
Birds
Family
Other birds

Threskiornis aethiopicus
 

diet

The sacred ibis feeds mainly on insects (grasshoppers, crickets, beetles) that they hunt for on the water’s surface or on dry land.
They also capture worms, molluscs, small fish and amphibians. 
The rest of their menu comprises carrion, waste and seeds.
 

reproduction

In France, reproduction takes place from April to June.
Nesting sites are reused year after year.
The female lays from two to four eggs. The young are born following an incubation period of 28 days.
The young leave the colony after 40 days.
 

distribution

Species found in tropical and Southern Africa.
The sacred ibis is mainly found in Egypt.
The French population is Breton (after being introduced).
 

did you know ?

Sacred ibis congregate in nocturnal roosting areas that reach up to several hundred birds.