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[thres kih or nith' uh dE] Ibises
Ibises are medium- to large-size wading and terrestrial birds, ranging from 18 to 41 inches in height. They have a longish neck and legs, and the males are generally larger than the females and have longer bills. All species have bare spots, usually on the face or throat.
One to six eggs are laid, depending on species, and are incubated for 20 to 30 days, again depending on species. Chicks fledge at 25 to 55 days.
The ibis uses its long bill to probe for grasshoppers, beetles, worms, crustaceans, fish, and carrion.
Most ibis species live in large flocks. They even fly in flocks, either in a regular line or in a "V" formation grouping. They beat their wings in unison and even go from flapping to gliding at the same time. They nest in groups that can number from hundreds to thousands of breeding pairs. Parents share nest-building duties and both help care for their young. Nesting sites may be found in tall trees, bushes, and even the side of high cliffs. Most nest sites are found near the water.
This page was last updated on March 22, 2017.