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White Ibis in Belize

The White Ibis
Eudocimus albus
Ibises are an ancient group of birds: their fossil record goes back 39 million years. Their record in human
history goes back 5,000 years. The ancient Egyptians venerated the Sacred Ibis and made it an integral part
of their religion and of their written hieroglyphics. To them it was the god Thoth (the scribe to the gods),
so Thoth was pictured with the head of an ibis.

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Edited at 2008-10-23 04:44 pm (UTC)

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