Scientifically referred to as Bostrychia hagedash, the Hadada ibis is one of the Uganda Safari bird species known to thrive in the Sub Saharan Africa.
Ibis is noted to be a large bird species stretching to 76cm in length
with grey to brown colouring. The bird species feature white, narrow and
relatively horizontal stripe around its cheeks which is at times called
Moustache though it doesn’t reach the bird’s mouth corners. The bird’s
plumage over its wings has a purple sheen while the legs are blackish in
color. The bill has grey to black colouring with the upper mandible
featuring a red stripe while the wings are broad and powerful
facilitating quick take offs along with easy manoeuvring through dense
tree cover as always explored on adventure vacation safari tours in Uganda Africa.
Hadada Ibis feature an exceptionally distinctive and loud call
“haa-haa-haa-de-dah” from which it derives its naming. The bird species
normally make the call while flying or troubled and can do it in social
communication. A single “haaaa” is always heard when the Hadada Ibis is
roosting and when foraging, call sounds as a low growl like that of a
young puppy. Birders on safaris in Uganda have always had chances of enjoyoing this experience.
their large mouth and long bill, the Hadada Ibis majorly feeds on earth
worms which they extract from soft soil along with larger insects,
lizards and spiders. This bird species are common at green fields like
golf courses as they prefer to feed on larvae of moths along with
beetles that feed on roots of grass.
Regarding the habitat, the
Hadada Ibis thrives across the Sub Saharan Africa in wetlands, savannah
and open grasslands. They can as well be viewed in urban parks, green
corridors, school fields and expanse gardens. Besides Uganda, the bird
species can as well be explored in Burundi, Tanzania, Ethiopia,
Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Gabon, Senegal, Kenya,
Gambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Somalia and Botswana.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the Hadada
Ibis as least concern because they are still widely spread. Travellers
on Uganda safari Holidays
have the opportunity to view this bird species as it thrives across
National Parks and other wilderness areas and peri-urban environments.