Hadada ibis

Latin Name
Bostrychia hagedash

Class
Birds

Order
Ciconiiformes

Description

A large bird, the hadada ibis has brownish-gray plumage that displays an iridescent green sheen in sunlight.


 

Range

The hadada ibis can be found widely throughout sub-Saharan Africa.


Status

Common. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Hadada Ibis Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


Habitat

The species occupies grasslands, savannas and wooded streams.


Niche

The hadada ibis uses its large, curved bill to locate prey. The bird hunts by feel in murky streams and mud, grabbing any insects and small lizards it touches. The species gets its name from its distinctive call, a loud Ha-da-da.


Life History

Hadada ibis pairs prepare for breeding with mutual bows and displays. The male provides nesting materials, such as sticks and twigs, to the female, who locates her nest at the top of a tall tree or, in urban areas, a telephone pole. Both sexes participate in incubating and bringing food to young.




Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit