Sacred Ibis at the Ria Formosa Natural Park in Faro

by / Friday, 15 March 2013 / Published in Faro

This distinctive species is common in captivity and escapes are occasionally encountered in the wild. Also a growing feral population exists in Europe, mainly in western France, and it’s possible that birds from this population make it to the Portugal sometimes.

Today we’ve added the Sacred Ibis, a bird that lives in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Europe, where it was introduced. The Sacred Ibis is famous for its role in ancient Egyptian mythology, where it was often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth, God of wisdom. In art, Thoth was often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis or a baboon. Its name means “He who is like the ibis”.

The video below shows a tame individual spent a few days near Faro.

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