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Adult White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) found in Everglades National Park in FloridaAustralian IbisIbis (Geronticus eremita)Hadada ibis near Thika, Kenya.Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
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Ibis Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Aves
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Ciconiiformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Threskiornithidae
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Threskiornithidae
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Bird
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Omnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
50cm - 65cm (19.7in - 25in)
Wing Span:
The measurement from one wing tip to the other
80cm - 120cm (32in - 47in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
0.3kg - 2kg (0.6lbs - 4lbs)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
8 - 15 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Flock
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, White, Grey, Brown
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Feathers
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Marshes, wetlands and swamps
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once
2
Main Prey:Fish, Crab, Insects
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Falcon, Hawks, Herons
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Rounded body and long neck and beak

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Ibis

Ibis are a group of birds that are found all over the world, but more commonly in the more temperate regions of the southern hemisphere. Ibis are most well known for their long necks and beaks which help them to get food out of the water.

The ibis is found inhabiting areas where there are large amounts of water. The ibis enjoys to eat aquatic animals so it prefers to be in areas such as swamps, marshes and wetlands where food is in abundance.

There are roughly 30 different species of ibis found around the world, that vary in size and colour depending on the species. The ibis can vary in size from the tiny 5cm tall dwarf olive ibis to the giant ibis which to grow to more than a meter in height and inhabiting the remote forests of Cambodia and parts southern Laos.

Ibis are generally very sociable birds that gather together in large flocks both to feed and to find a partner during the mating season. Despite their relatively large size, many species of ibis rest in the safety of the trees and not on the ground.

Although the ibis is an omnivorous bird that eats both plants and animals, when there are plenty of aquatic species about, the ibis has more carnivorous diet. The ibis hunts fish, insects, small reptiles, frogs, small mammals and crabs,which the ibis picks out of the mud using it's long and pointed beak.

Due to the relatively large size of the ibis, it has few natural predators besides large birds of prey that often steal the eggs of the ibis, or the young. Snakes are known to eat the ibis around the world, along with wild cats and foxes.

During the mating season, the female ibis builds a nest in the trees that is made out of sticks and reeds. Ibis commonly nest close to a large amount of water such as a river or a lake, with other water-birds such as herons.

The female ibis lays up to the 3 eggs which hatch after an incubation period of just a few weeks. The tiny ibis chicks are dependent on their mother for food, and develop quickly meaning that they leave the nest when they are about 6 weeks old.

Ibis Comments

stampy
"very useful"
Jennie Brady
"We have a lot of White Ibises in our yards daily. Sometimes only 4 or so, but I have seen about 20 or 30 at a time! I love watching them, and am careful not to scare them when I walk outside and they are close. I LOVE HAVING THEM AROUND! "
WIBBLE WOBBLE
"i love this website and love finding out about animals ESSPECIALY IBIS'S!!!"
CN
"I love the white ibis"
Amelia
"Very graceful"
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First Published: 4th November 2009, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
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