Add to favorites
Sacred Ibis

Sacred Kingfisher

Next bird

Sacred Kingfisher

  • Todiramphus sanctus
  • Kingfishers & Friends
Sabine's Gull

Previous bird

Sabine's Gull

  • Xema sabini
  • Terns & Gulls

About the Sacred Ibis

Also known as: African Sacred Ibis, Aldabra Ibis

The Sacred Ibis is a species of wading bird that is found in parts of sub-Saharan Africa and southeastern Iraq. The bird was formerly found in Egypt as well; ancient Egyptians honored the species and Sacred Ibises were often mummified, symbols of the Egyptian god Thoth.

Sacred Ibises, also known as African Sacred Ibises, feed on frogs, insects, and fish. The species has been introduced to parts of Europe, including France and Italy.

Though the species has been extirpated from Egypt, the rest of its natural range is large, and the Sacred Ibis has a conservation status of Least Concern as of September 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 06 January 2010
Scientific Name Threskiornis aethiopicus
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Threskiornithidae
  • Threskiornis
  • T. aethiopicus
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 19 November 2014)
Units: Imperial Metric
25 to 35 inches
44 to 49 inches
54 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • 非洲白鹮 (Chinese)
  • Ibis Posvátný (Czech)
  • Hellig Ibis (Danish)
  • Heilge Ibis (Dutch)
  • Pyhäiibis (Finnish)
  • Ibis Sacré (French)
  • Heiliger Ibis (German)
  • Ibis Sacro (Italian)
  • アフリカクロトキ (Kurotoki) (Japanese)
  • 검은머리흰따오기 (Korean)
  • Helligibis (Norwegian)
  • Ibis Czczony (Polish)
  • Священный ибис (Russian)
  • Ibis Sagrada (Spanish)
  • Helig ibis (Swedish)

Related articles

Sacred Ibis, from God to Pest

Sacred Ibis, from God to Pest

Today we've added the Sacred Ibis, a bird that lives in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Europe, where it was introduced. The Sacred Ibis is famous for its role in ancient Egyptian ... more