The ibises (pronounced /ˈaɪbɪsɪz/) 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 herons.
The word ibis comes from Greek, originally borrowed from Ancient Egyptian hîb.
The Sacred Ibis
was an object of religious veneration
in ancient Egypt
, particularly associated with the god, Thoth
. 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
Species in taxonomic order