Hadeda Ibis

The Hadeda Ibis is a heavy bodied brown bird

South Africa BirdlifeThe Hadeda Ibis {Bostrychia hagedash}

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

Size

Weight: 1.3 kgs.
Length: 76 cm.

Habitat

Grassland, bushveld, large suburban gardens and playing fields.

Distribution

Common throughout South Africa excluding parts of the arid Karoo.

Diet

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. Monogamous, they are solitary nesters and with a life-long pair bond

Reproduction

Hadeda Ibis breed from July to January in South Africa. They lay 1 to 5 eggs which are incubated by both parents. Incubation lasts up to 28 days. Young are independent at about 40 days.

Incubation

Incubation lasts for up to 28 days.

Life Expectancy

16 to 20 years.

Predators

African crowned eagle, Black sparrowhawk and Humans.

References

Biodiversity Explorer; Sasol's "Birds of Southern Africa", Fourth Edition.

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Hadeda Ibis
Conservation Status

  • Least Concern

Did you know?

Hadeda Ibis has a distinctively loud, and penetrating and recognisable haa-haa-haa-de-dah call, after which it is named.

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