Hadada Ibis foraging in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

on 9th July 2022

The Hadada Ibis, Bostrychia hagedash, is native to sub-Saharan Africa. The pair of birds can be positively identified by the iridescent green wing feathers and the white stripe across its cheeks. Also the down-curved bill is  greyish and the legs are black. The birds are monogamous and pair for life. The hadada ibises love open grasslands, urban parks and gardens. They feed on insects, spiders, millipedes, earthworms, garden snails and small lizards.  Vaneezha Muniandi shared her photographs of the birds on the campus grounds of the Methodist College Kuala Lumpur. The college is located in Brickfields in the city, adjacent to the Klang River. The birds are in breeding plumage.

Photo 1: The hadada ibis silhouetted against a tall building. 6 July 2022. 2.30 pm
Photo 2: A hadada ibis foraging on the campus grounds of Methodist College Kuala Lumpur. 6 July 2022 2.30 pm
Photo 3: A bird foraging on another part of the campus grounds on another day. 8 July 2022 9.24 am
Photo 4: Two hadada ibises foraging together on the campus grounds. The iridescent wing feathers stand out against the dull coloured feathers. 8 July 2022 9.25 am
Photo 5: The grass on the campus grounds harbours a lot of grubs suitable for the dietary needs of the ibises. 8 July 2022 9.25 am
Photo 6: One of the ibises wanders close to the campus area with human activities. 8 July 2022 9.25 am
Photo 7: Both birds forage in area where human traffic can be frequent and intense at periodic intervals. 8 July 2022. 9.26 am
Photo 8: One of the ibises flew up to rest on a tree branch ( Raintree, Samanea saman). 8 July 2022. 9.26 am


Read this post about the presence of Hadada ibises in Malaysia


View this You-tube Shorts which Vaneezha recorded with her handphone camera.  

Also view Ng Di Lin’s You-tube Shorts of a Hadada Ibis calling.


Article shared by Vaneezha Muniandy and Ng Di Lin.

8 July 2022.


Read this post which shows a vagrant glossy ibis that looks similar to the Hadada ibis in some small measures. .


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