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waldrapp ibis
(Geronticus eremita)

distribution

Less than 300 pairs in four isolated sites in Morocco and one site in Turkey.

habitat

These ibis are waders and nest on cliff faces throughout their range. They are migratory birds and highly social. Colonies are made up of individuals with close family ties. Parent birds and older siblings play a major role in the survival of young birds in the wild.

biological characteristics

Ibis are a type of wader that typically feed on invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles. They also eat small mammals and birds which they will eat as carrion, as well as fresh prey. They are active during the day.

conservation status

Threatened by global extinction.

factfile

  • There are more waldrapp ibis in zoos than are found in the wild. Zoo-bred birds attempt to migrate when released, despite having lived in captivity.

  • 100 years ago this species ranged over most of mainland Europe, northern Africa and Arabic states. They are now extinct from these areas.

  • Adult birds teach young birds where it is safe to roost, how to find food and other general survival skills.

  • They are also known as bald ibis as they have no feathers on their heads.

animal
fact file

They nest in cliffs or hollow crags. The nest itself is bulky and made of heather and lined with wool.