Ibis

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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What is the animal Ibis known for?

Ibis is a group of long-legged wading birds that belong to the family Threskiornithidae.

They are known for their distinctive curved bills, which they use to probe the mud or water for food, such as crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.

They are also known for their social behavior, as they often feed and breed in large colonies, sometimes with other species of birds.

They can fly with their necks and legs stretched out, and they make loud calls to communicate with each other.

Ibis are found in warm regions of the world, except for the South Pacific islands.

There are about 26 living species and 4 extinct species of ibis, with different colors, sizes, and habitats.

Some of the most well-known species are the sacred ibis, the glossy ibis, the bald ibis, and the scarlet ibis.

Ibis have a long history of cultural significance in many civilizations.

The ancient Egyptians revered the sacred ibis as a symbol of the god Thoth, who was associated with wisdom, writing, and the moon.

They mummified millions of ibises and buried them in catacombs.

The crested ibis, which is endangered, is considered a national treasure in Japan and China, where it is called the "toki" or the "heavenly crane".

The scarlet ibis, which is bright red, is the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago, and a symbol of beauty and passion.
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Where does the Ibis live?

The ibis is a group of long-legged wading birds that belong to the family Threskiornithidae.
There are 29 different species of ibises and they live in various habitats across the world.

Some of the common habitats of ibises are wetlands, swamps, lakes, rivers, flooded plains, and semi-open forests.
They usually feed as a group, probing mud for crustaceans and other invertebrates.
They are monogamous and highly territorial while nesting and feeding.
Most of them nest in trees, often with spoonbills or herons.

Some species of ibises can also live in grasslands, meadows, agricultural fields, and even urban areas.
For example, the Australian white ibis can be found in parks, gardens, and rubbish dumps in cities.
They are highly nomadic and can fly great distances to follow the availability of food.

Some species of ibises are endangered or critically endangered due to habitat loss, hunting, and human disturbance.
For example, the giant ibis, the largest species of ibis, is only found in Cambodia and southern Laos.
It lives in pools and seasonal water-meadows in deciduous forest, and is threatened by deforestation, poaching, and low breeding success.
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