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Waldrapp Ibis
(Geronticus eremite)

Habitat: open dry areas, coastlines, cliff ledges
Range: Southern Morocco, Syria, North Africa
Natural Diet: Insects, small reptiles, worms

Status In The Wild:
Critically endangered

Fun Animal Facts
The Waldrapp or hermit ibis is considered sacred in Egypt. Their image appears in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and tomb art. The long, thin beak is used to probe mud for small prey. Depending on its sense of touch while, the ibis can use its eyesight to watch for predators. Population decline is due to loss of habitat, uncontrolled hunting (their meat is considered a delicacy by some), pesticides and climate change. These birds are highly social and will mingle in large flocks. Both sexes incubate eggs.

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