Straw-necked Ibis

A Straw-necked Ibis walking in a grassy field
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Scientific Name: Threskiornis spinicollis

Size: 59 to 76 cm

What does it look like?

The most striking and common of the Australian Ibises, the Straw-necked Ibis is identified by its iridescent purple-green back and wings and snow white underparts. The down-curved bill is black, as is the bare skin of the head and neck; the lower neck is covered with short feathers. Long ‘straw-like’ plumes cascade from the fore-neck of adult birds. During the breeding season the bare yellow skin of the underwing becomes bright red.

Where is it found?

The Straw-necked Ibis is found throughout mainland Australia.

What are its habitats & habits?

It often occurs in large flocks in wet or dry grasslands over much of Australia, feeding on terrestrial invertebrates.

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Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book showing a picture of an Eastern Spinebill

This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

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