Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus

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 UK sometimes.

The first photo below shows a tame individual spent a few days near Dereham and was presumed to be an escape from captivity. The last set are of another presumed escapee in Norfolk but the rest are from Africa where the species is native.

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escaped Sacred Ibis, East Dereham (Norfolk, UK), 1st October 2004

 

Sacred Ibis, Mpatsanjoka, Senga Bay (Malawi), 9th October 2008

 

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juvenile Sacred Ibises, Liwonde National Park (Malawi), 24th September 2008

 

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juvenile Sacred Ibis, Liwonde National Park (Malawi), 26th May 2011

 

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presumed escaped Sacred Ibis, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 28th September 2012