Hadada or Hadeda Ibises

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Hadada or Hadeda Ibis, Bostrychia hagedash


Hadada or Hadeda Ibis, Bostrychia hagedash

The Hadada or Hadeda Ibis, Bostrychia hagedash, is a large (up to 76 cm long), dark brown ibis with a white “moustache”, glossy greenish purple wings, a large black bill with a red stripe on the upper mandible, and blackish legs.



The Hadada Ibis is found throughout open grasslands, savanna and rainforests of Sudan, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Cameroon, Gambia, Kenya, Somalia and South Africa, and also in urban parks and large gardens.

Widespread and common throughout its large range, the Hadada Ibis is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


Hadada or Hadeda Ibis - head detailDiet / Feeding

It feeds mainly on earthworms, using its long scimitar-like bill to probe soft soil. It also eats larger insects, such as the Parktown Prawn, as well as spiders and small lizards.

These birds also favour snails and will feed in garden beds around residential homes.


Calls / Vocalizations

It has a distinctively loud and recognisable haa-haa-haa-de-dah call that is often heard when the birds are flying or are startled, hence the name.


Hadada or Hadeda Ibis, Bostrychia hagedashReferences

  • BirdLife International (2004). Bostrychia hagedash. In: IUCN 2004. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 1 November 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern


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