Sunday, March 26, 2017

Birds of Uganda

Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash)

Hadada ibises are long-legged wading birds who belong to the same order as herons, storks, and flamingos. Ibises were buried with ancient Egyptian mummies as gifts to their gods. Hadadas are so named because of their loud call while in flight, “Haa-daa-daa.” They prefer to nest in isolation, unlike other more social ibises that gather in nesting sites consisting of thousands of birds. While adapted to wetland habitats, the hadada is more terrestrial (living on land) than aquatic (living in water). When feeding in water, ibises use their down-curved bills to locate food by touch rather than sight.

Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) - call

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