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The beautiful Ibis


Some people are bird lovers, some are cat or dog people.

I love most animals in the world, and enjoy learning more about them – where they live – what they do.  The colors, the behaviors.  How much are they like us, how are they different?

This world is amazing, and we need to remember how beautiful, diverse, powerful and yet fragile it can be.

Today I was looking into a beautiful group of birds called the Ibis.

Some of the types of Ibis are white, grey, or black.  Standing out is the Scarlet Ibis, who comes in shades of red and orange.

Lots of info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibis

They live in warmer climates, and use their long bills in the marsh to find small crustaceans to eat.

Their range is  Florida, the West Indies, Europe, southern Asia, Australia, and Africa, North and South America.  They have been hunted for food, and their feathers.  They are no longer found in Egypt, but were very important to the ancient culture there (see excerpt below).

There are 28 current species if Ibis, and 2 extinct species.

They are graceful to watch.

They nest above in trees.

Interesting ancient history connection found at http://animals.howstuffworks.com/birds/ibis-info.htm

Which Bird Can Be Found in Ancient Tombs?

The ancient Egyptians worshiped many gods and goddesses. One of their most beloved gods was named Thoth (thohth or toht). Thoth was the patron of writing, astronomy, mathematics, law, magic, and healing. He was often drawn having the body of a man and the head of an ibis.

Ancient Egyptians mummified, or preserved, dead ibises and gave them as offerings to the gods. To mummify an ibis, the body of the dead bird was wrapped in many layers of cloth bandages. Some ibis mummies were placed in ibis-shaped coffins. Archaeologists have found large numbers of mummified ibises in ancient Egyptian sites.

The species of ibis most commonly mummified by the ancient Egyptians was the sacred ibis. The sacred ibis has white feathers and a bare black skin on its head and neck. This bird was common in Egypt during ancient times. It still lives today in many areas of Africa.

Ibises belong to the family Threskiornithidae. The sacred ibis is Threskiornis aethiopicus; the glossy ibis, Plegadis falcinellus; the white-faced ibis, P. chihi; the white ibis, Eudocimus albus; the scarlet ibis, E. ruber.


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  1. January 13, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Awesome finds! Glad to share 🙂

  2. January 13, 2013 at 1:31 am

    very informative post, thank you for sharing

  3. January 13, 2013 at 2:08 am

    How beautiful is he?

  4. January 13, 2013 at 2:31 am

    birds are amazing creatures

  5. January 13, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Reblogged this on Greatpoetrymhf's Weblog.

  6. January 13, 2013 at 4:04 am

    enjoyed and reblogged wiht thanks

    • January 13, 2013 at 4:28 am

      Thanks so much for your support, and the reblog!

  7. StrategyNut
    January 13, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Beautiful birds. We have something that looks like the IBIS in Thailand. I see them sitting on the backs of the water buffalo and cows in the outland area’s. I always found this sweet and believed it was for the milk source.

    • January 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I love water buffalo and other kinds of bovines. I had a huge crush on a yak when I was a kid.

  8. January 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Informative post, thank you for sharing 🙂

  9. January 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I love all animals though I must say birds certainly aren’t my fave…they are on about the same level as children…

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  11. January 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Fascinating birds. The scarlet ones are gorgeous!

  12. January 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I enjoyed this post very much. They are beautiful birds.

    • January 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Hey Donna, thanks for your support

  1. January 13, 2013 at 7:15 am

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