Workgroup on THRESKIORNITHIDAE
The ibis is a bird belonging to the family of Threskiornithidae. Besides ibises, spoonbills are also included. Ibis can be seen in many places: an ibis in a pond, a wading ibis, an ibis on the shoreline or an group ibises roosting in the tree tops.
The ibis that attracts our attention are the ones that live in protected environments. Ibises keep their natural instincts and behaviors in the captive setting, but remain calm through the relaxing atmosphere and the safety of the aviary they are housed in.
In a calmer, more natural state, we can study them more easily. Many interesting facts have been discovered this way. Photos, habits and behavior studies have been done this way and are simple if the bird is close by and unafraid of its keeper.
You can join Ibisring for free by filling in the form on the membership page. You will receive regular club information and can get involved in our activities if you like.
What we do
In ancient Egypt they had also kept the ibis in captivity. They were allowed to live in temples as they were considered to be a sacred bird, and even incubators were found. It is possible that the ibis was the first bird ever kept by man without the idea of domestication in mind.
Today there are people worldwide who are passionate about the ibis species. We give them a suitable home, take good care of them, and some of us even help to make sure the species do not disappear by carrying out conservation breeding.
To bring all these people around the world together Ibisring was formed. Ibisring gathers fanciers, breeders, zoos, parks and institutes out of different countries who are involved in keeping Ibises and/or Spoonbills.
The main goal is to collect and share as much information as possible on the birds. We make a yearly inventory of species and numbers in the captive sector, take initiatives to save the ibis from extinction, set up club projects to work on the most threatened species, try to work together with institutes who share the same idea's, and we encourage breeders to keep ibises so we can work on a broader basis. To do so we maintain this website, write articles for magazines, publish our own ibisbook (in progress), give lectures, organise ibis day's for club members and provide aid to individual breeders.
Most of the information is published on this website. Have a look at our photo documentary. We try to capture as many moments in the life of the captive ibis as possible, and it has shown some of the amazing breeding results our members have achieved.