Southern Bald Ibis

(Geronticus calvus)

FUN FACT

Forages across fields in flocks of up to 100 birds; birds will flip over cow patties to feed on dung-eating insects.

Distribution

highlands of NE South Africa

Habitat

High altitude grasslands, specifically short-grass habitats; occurs mainly in recently burnt, plowed, mowed, or grazed fields.

Diet

Insects, especially grasshoppers, beetles, and caterpillars. Prey may also include earthworms, snails, frogs and small dead mammals and birds.

Breeding

Usually nests in colonies of 2–72 pairs, but sometimes singly. Nest is a platform of sticks lined with soft vegetation placed on ledges or cliffs. Clutch size is 1–3 eggs, and the incubation period is about 30 days. Fledging can occur between 40 and 60 days.

Status

Vulnerable

At the Aviary

Southern Bald Ibises live in our Tropical Forest habitat.