Hadeda Ibis {Bostrychia hagedash}

South Africa Wildlife

Hadeda Ibis {Bostrychia hagedash}

The Hadeda Ibis
The Hadeda Ibis

The Hadeda Ibis is a heavy bodied brown bird with iridescent pink shoulder patches and a long de-curved bill.

The Hadeda Ibis has a distinctively loud, penetrating and recognisable haa-haa-haa-de-dah call that is often heard when the birds are flying or when startled, hence the name, Hadeda.

Hadeda Ibis move around in flocks numbering up to 20 birds or 100 out of breeding season.


Quick Facts


Name:
Bostrychia hagedash

Distribution:
Southern Africa

Habitat:
Grassland, bushveld, large gardens and playing fields.

Diet Description:
Hadeda Ibis eat mainly earthworms but also take insects, spiders and small reptiles.

Socialisation:
Hadeda Ibis move around in flocks numbering up to 20 birds or 100 out of breeding season.

Reproduction:
Hadeda Ibis breed from July to January in South Africa. Incubation is done by both parents, lasting up to 28 days. Young are independent at about 40 days.

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