Sacred Ibis

Threskiornis aethiopicus

Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed on a fallow farm plot at Eldoret, Nairobi, Kenya. December 2012.

From Wikipedia: An adult individual is 68 cm long with all-white body plumage apart from dark plumes on the rump. The bald head and neck, thick curved bill and legs are black. The white wings show a black rear border in flight. Sexes are similar, but juveniles have dirty white plumage, a smaller bill and some feathering on the neck. Flying in South AfricaThis bird is usually silent, but occasionally makes some croaking noises, unlike its vocal relative, the Hadeda Ibis.

Threskiornithidae -- Ibis and Spoonbill Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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