(ägypt.)storchähnl. Schreitvogel der Tropen und Subtropen mit sichelförmig nach unten gebogenem Schnabel.
ETYM Latin ibis, Greek; of Egyptian origin.
Wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills.
Large heronlike wading bird, with down-curved bill.
Any of various wading birds, about 60 cm/2 ft tall, in the same family, Threskiornidae, as spoonbills. Ibises have long legs and necks, and long, curved beaks. Various species occur in the warmer regions of the world.
The glossy ibis Plegadis falcinellus occurs in the SE US and in all continents except South America. The sacred ibis Threskiornis aethiopica of ancient Egypt is still found in the Nile basin. The Japanese ibis is in danger of extinction because of loss of its habitat; fewer than 25 birds remain.