French: Tantale ibis German: Nimmersatt Spanish: Tántalo africano
Africa S of Sahara, Madagascar; straggles into Palearctic Africa in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.
95–105 cm; wingspan 150–165 cm; 1190–2384 g. Males average larger. Non breeding adult has plumage and bare parts duller. Immature duller, especially bare... read more
Usually silent away from breeding colonies. Around nest, adults utter a whining call, low-pitched... read more
Frequents a broad variety of wetland types, including swamps, reservoirs, margins of rivers and... read more
Food and feeding
Frogs (often taken when they emerge after rain), small fish, other small aquatic prey. Tactile feeding is typical. It sometimes walks along... read more
Seasonal. Chiefly starts towards the end of the rains or, in drier areas, in the dry season: whenever conditions lead to food becoming more... read more
Resident in most of range, sometimes with local movements. Numbers peak during Oct–Apr in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Global population is thought to be declining overall but locally stable. Common to abundant across much of the range. Locally common... read more
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