Sacred Ibis

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.

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Details & Statistics

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


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 非洲白鹮
Czech (Cesky) Ibis Posvátný
Danish (Dansk) Hellig Ibis
Dutch (Nederlands) Heilge Ibis
Finnish (Suomi) Pyhäiibis
French (Français) Ibis Sacré
German (Deutsch) Heiliger Ibis
Italian (Italiano) Ibis Sacro
Japanese (日本語) アフリカクロトキ (Kurotoki)
Korean (한국어) 검은머리흰따오기
Norwegian (Norsk) Helligibis
Polish (Polski) Ibis Czczony
Russian (русский язык) Священный ибис
Spanish (Español) Ibis Sagrada
Swedish (Svenska) Helig ibis
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