The African Sacred Ibis

Posted on Thu October 13, 2011 in Birding in Vaal Marina.

The scientific binomial of the African sacred ibis is Threskiornis aethiopicus; Threskiornis from the Greek words for “a religious bird” and aethiopicus from the Latin for “from Ethiopia”. Thus we have a religious (or sacred) bird from Ethiopia, which was probably a pretty accurate description a few thousand years ago.