Definition of sacred ibis in English:

sacred ibis


  • A mainly white ibis with a bare black head and neck and black plumes over the lower back, native to Africa and the Middle East, and venerated by the ancient Egyptians.

    Threskiornis aethiopicus, family Threskiornithidae

    • ‘The sacred ibis is the most common and usually has a black and white neck and beak.’
    • ‘It is a member of the ibis family, of which there are three others in South Africa: the sacred ibis (white body with black tail and neck), the bald ibis (red head, green body), and the glossy ibis (mostly glossy olive green).’
    • ‘It houses over 50 individual birds made up of 12 different species including the sacred ibis, crowned cranes, hammerkop, white-cheeked touraco and lilac breasted roller.’
    • ‘Known to the pharaohs as the crested ibis, it was regularly featured in jewelry and art, and, like the sacred ibis, had its own hieroglyph which symbolized splendor and brilliance.’
    • ‘More than 100 egrets and sacred ibis, which are protected species, died.’