It is a solitary species
It carries a funny of name, with a vague Hebraic consonance which however has nothing to do with an explorer who would have discovered it !
Its English name, “ Hadada Ibis ”, undoubtedly gives the answer : this bird produces, in flight or when surprised, a very powerful but curious cry of “ haa-haa-haa-of-da ”.
The French translation remains strange, however ! Ibis Hagedash (Would you like an ice cream ?).
This is a large ibis of almost 60 cm, with a long beak, black and red on the top, grey-brown plumage and blue-green on the wings.
As a solitary species it lives in the plains, savannas and forests of Africa where it is widespread.
As it is not shy, it is sometimes seen pecking its food of worms, insects and lizards in city parks.
The species is therefore not threatened.
A less threatened species
- Name: Hadada Ibis
- Latin name: Bostrychia hagedash
- Origin: Central Africa and the Southern Part of North-Africa
- IUCN status: Least concerned
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