October 2, 2016 – Hadada Ibis or Hadeda Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash)

These large ibises are found across much of central to southern Africa. They eat mostly insects, as well as snails, crustaceans, small fish, lizards, and sometimes carrion. The introduction of farm animals into their range has led to a rise in dung beetles, which make up a large part of their current diet. They are welcomed by many farmers due to the holes they make in the ground while foraging for food which aerate the soil, helping crops grow. Males gather nesting materials and offer them to their mates. Females build basket-shaped nests in trees and bushes. Monogamous pairs generally return to the same nesting site every year where both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.


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