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Hadada Ibis Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Bostrychia hagedash
  • Class

  • Order

  • 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.


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