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The Ibis: I took this grate photo the other day while in the savannas, or wetlands, at the barrier Islands near the GA. line. Enjoy
The ibises (collective plural ibis; classical plurals ibides and ibes are a group of long-legged wading birds) in the family Threskiornithidae.
They all have long, down-curved bills, and usually feed as a group, probing mud for food items, usually crustaceans. Most species nest in trees, often with spoonbills or heron.
The word ibis comes from Greek and Latin, and probably from the Ancient Egyptian.
Species in taxonomic order
There are 28 extant species and 2 extinct species of ibis.
Genus Threskiornis African Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus
Malagasy Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis bernieri
Reunion Ibis, Threskiornis solitarius (extinct)
Black-headed Ibis, Threskiornis melanocephalus
Australian White Ibis, Threskiornis molucca
Straw-necked Ibis, Threskiornis spinicollis
Genus Pseudibis Red-naped Ibis, Pseudibis papillosa
White-shouldered Ibis, Pseudibis davisoni
Giant Ibis, Pseudibis gigantea
Genus Geronticus Northern Bald Ibis, Geronticus eremita
Southern Bald Ibis, Geronticus calvus
Genus Nipponia Crested Ibis, Nipponia nippon
Genus Bostrychia Olive Ibis, Bostrychia olivacea
Sao Tome Ibis, Bostrychia bocagei
Spot-breasted Ibis, Bostrychia rara
Hadada Ibis, Bostrychia hagedash
Wattled Ibis, Bostrychia carunculata
Genus Theristicus Plumbeous Ibis, Theristicus caerulescens
Buff-necked Ibis, Theristicus caudatus
Black-faced Ibis, Theristicus melanopis
Genus Cercibis Sharp-tailed Ibis, Cercibis oxycerca
Genus Mesembrinibis Green Ibis, Mesembrinibis cayennensis
Genus Phimosus Bare-faced Ibis, Phimosus infuscatus
Genus Eudocimus American White Ibis, Eudocimus albus
Scarlet Ibis, Eudocimus ruber
Genus Plegadis Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellus
White-faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi
Puna Ibis, Plegadis ridgwayi
Genus Lophotibis Madagascar Ibis, Lophotibis cristata
An extinct species, the Jamaican Ibis or Clubbed-wing Ibis (Xenicibis xympithecus) was uniquely characterized by its club-like wings.
The African Sacred Ibis was an object of religious veneration in ancient Egypt, particularly associated with the deity Djehuty or otherwise commonly referred to in Greek as Thoth. He is responsible for writing, mathematics, measurement and time as well as the moon and magic. In artworks of the Late Period of Ancient Egypt, Thoth is popularly depicted as an ibis-headed man while consumed in the act of writing.
At the town of Hermopolis, ibises were reared specifically for sacrificial purposes and in the Serapeum at Saqqara, archaeologists found the mummies of one and a half million ibises and hundreds of thousands of falcons.
According to local legend in the Birecik area, the Northern Bald Ibis was one of the first birds that Noah released from the Ark as a symbol of fertility, and a lingering religious sentiment in Turkey helped the colonies there to survive long after the demise of the species in Europe.
The mascot of the University of Miami is an American White Ibis. The ibis was selected as the school mascot because of its legendary bravery during hurricanes. According to legend, the ibis is the last sign of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane hits and the first to reappear once the storm has passed.
A short story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst uses the sable-hued bird as foreshadowing for a character's death and as the primary symbol.
The African Sacred Ibis is the unit symbol of the Israeli Special Forces unit known as Unit 212 or Maglan in Hebrew:
Moses used the Ibis to help him defeat the Ethiopians.
June 25th, 2013
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