What they look like
Black and white in colour, the African sacred ibis has a distinctive long black bill, head and legs, while its body is white in colour. Their large white wings show a black border when in flight.
- Often mummified as a symbol of the Egyptian god Thoth.
- They nest in tree colonies and lay up to three eggs.
What they eat
Fish, insects, frogs, small birds, reptiles and other small mammals.
The African sacred ibis resides in wet marshlands and mud flats, inland and on the coast.
Where they live
Native to Central and South Africa, the African sacred ibis can also be found in Bahrain, France and Spain.