Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – I is for Ibis

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I’m joining in the Blogging Through the Alphabet series with Through the Calm and Through the Storm as well as Adventures with Jude. I will be having animals as my theme.

Here are my past posts in case you missed them:

A for Aardvark    B for Badger    C for Capybara    D for Dodo    E for Eagles  F for Falcons

G if for Giraffe  H for Hedgehog

Today we will discuss the Ibis.

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It is the long legged, long billed bird often found wading through the waters all over the world (but mostly in the southern hemisphere). Their most common habitat is swamps, marshes and wetlands where there are plenty of aquatic animals to eat. These birds are closely related to storks and spoonbills.

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.

There are over 30 species of Ibis ranging in size from dwarf (5cm) to over one meter. However they are overall considered a medium to large sized bird.

They are normally social birds that stay together in a flock and often find safety in trees instead of on ground.

The female ibis will lay up to three eggs which incubate for a few weeks. The babies normally leave the nest at around six weeks of age.

“Fun facts”:
  • The ancient Egyptian god of wisdom was depicted as a human with the head of an ibis.
  • The African sacred ibis was considered sacred in ancient Egypt but is now no longer found there. More than one million ibis mummies were found in one group of tombs in Egypt.
Well, I hope you enjoyed learning about these amazing animals as much as I did! Come back next week when we cover the letter J and learn about the jackal.

Now go check out all the other posts of those who are joining in with Blogging Through the Alphabet. They can post this entire week so make sure to check back and see what has been added!

Enjoy the journey!

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2 thoughts on “Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – I is for Ibis

  1. Tim January 2, 2016 at 8:19 am Reply

    I love how you’re picking animals that people either can’t get enough of or don’t know very much about. Thanks for sharing each week!

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  2. cristischwamb January 2, 2016 at 8:23 pm Reply

    I’ve heard of an ibis, but until today I didn’t know anything about them. Very interesting!

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