|Ancient Egyptian Ibis, from Egypt-Caananite era.|
|Decoration from a deep bowl from Cyprus found at Lachish. 16th-18th C. BCE.|
|A glossy ibis at the Safari Park. These birds still inhabit this area.|
|Decorations from the Palace bathhouse, Jericho, 6th C. CE, Persian influence.|
We didn't see any partridges when birdwatching in Israel.
|A partridge from our recent visit to Provence. Since this is a Mediterranean bird, it's probably the same or similar|
to those found in the Middle East.
|Ostrich Eggs from ancient Negev 6500-5500 BCE, illustrating that ostriches once lived here.|
|Ostriches at the Safari park are now captives from elsewhere, as|
they no longer live in this part of the Middle East.
Birds of Prey and Carrion-Eating Birds
|Funerary objects from ancient Israeli graves.|
According to the caption on the above display: "Birds of prey [I assume this refers to carrion-eating birds] played an important role in burial. After death, the bodies of the deceased were left in round structures where they were exposed to birds of prey. When the bones were picked clean and any remaining flesh decomposed, they could be gathered and deposited in ossuaries. Birds of prey appear as decorative motifs on a variety of objects. Such objects were presumably used in funerary rites."
|Closer look at one of the funerary objects.|
A distant common kestrel we saw today -- the only bird of
prey we saw on this trip to Israel.