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What you need to know about the Hadada Ibis

By Titus Kakembo

Added 26th March 2019 08:32 AM

Uganda Wildlife Authority spokesman Gessa Simplicious says, if one listens keenly, they will learn that they were named after the loud cry they make “Ha dada!”

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Uganda Wildlife Authority spokesman Gessa Simplicious says, if one listens keenly, they will learn that they were named after the loud cry they make “Ha dada!”

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One would be excused to mistake the tweet for naughty women laughing on the village path as they go to collect water from the well.

That is the sound these glossy birds with a bronze sheen on the shoulders make when making merry.

These birds get dull brown in colour, as they age. Their wings are purplish in colour. 

The bill is visibly very long and black.  The older these birds grow the longer their upper bill becomes.

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“We see them holler in flight,” said Uganda Wildlife Education Center publicist, Scovia Musiimenta. “They have that distinctive call you can never mistake.”

They have a long white line on their cheeks.

Either sex has no distinguishing features to write home about.

Uganda Wildlife Authority spokesman Gessa Simplicious says, if one listens keenly, they will learn that they were named after the loud cry they make “Ha dada!”

“They love to live in pairs or small groups of four in swamps and dump grass. Feasting on insects and cereals is done at dusk and dawn.

They are commonly seen in: homes near water marshes, wet pasture, forests and by the lake shores,” says Geesa.

 

 

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