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Northern Bald Ibis

Geronticus eremita

Ciconiiformes - Threskiornithidae - Spoonbills & Ibis

Northern Bald Ibis - Fred & Ginger

© Jack Woodley

Northern Bald Ibis - Fred & Ginger

Distribution: Morocco and Algeria, S to W Sahara.

Habitat: Arid and semi-arid plains amd plateaux with rocky escarpments, cultivated fields, high altitude meadows.

Diet: Mainly invertebrates and small reptiles, also earthworms, frogs & fish; occasionally small mammals, nesting birds and vegetable matter.

Breeding: Nest in colonies. Nest is a loose platform of branches, lined with grass and straw. Nest on a cliff, ledge or in a cave.

Clutch size: 2 - 4 Eggs

Incubation: 24 -28 days

Fledge age: 43 - 47 days

Maturity: 3 years


Protocol from Pensthorpe

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Protocol established 2011
Used on 2 individuals
Success rate 100.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success 
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1992). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol1. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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