HADEDA

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Bostrychia hagedash
SIZE: 76cm

WEIGHT: 1.3 Kgs

The Hadeda Ibis has a distinctively loud, penetrating and recognisable haa-haa-haa-de-dah call that is often heard when the birds are flying or when startled, hence the name, Hadeda. 

Habitat

Grassland, bushveld, large suburban gardens and playing fields.

Distribution

Common throughout South Africa excluding parts of the arid Karoo.

Diet

Hadeda Ibis eat mainly earthworms but also take insects, spiders and small reptiles.

Socialisation

Hadeda Ibis move around in flocks numbering up to 20 birds or 100 out of breeding season. Monogamous, they are solitary nesters and with a life-long pair bond

Reproduction

Hadeda Ibis breed from July to January in South Africa. They lay 1 to 5 eggs which are incubated by both parents. Incubation lasts up to 28 days. Young are independent at about 40 days.

Incubation

Incubation lasts for up to 28 days.

Life Expectancy

16 to 20 years.

Predators

African crowned eagle, Black sparrowhawk and Humans.