Australian White Ibis
Threskiornis molucca


The White Ibis is mainly white, but the feathers above the tail are black as is the curved bill. The head is bald and black and the legs are very dark. They live in a colony that can number up to 10,000. Mating takes place after the female accepts a twig offered by the male. Both parents then incubate the eggs laid by the female in a nest built of sticks in reeds or bushes surrounded by other nests in the colony. When the chicks hatch they have no feathers, they are tended by both male and female until they can fend for themselves. Females are slightly shorter than males between 65 to 75 centimeters.

These birds have adapted to people and can be found in parks and gardens where they may eat unsuitable foods left by people, this is however very bad for the birds as it is not the food they should be eating, they can in fact become very sick by eating this unsuitable food so remember to always clean up if you are out on a picnic, remove any scraps before you leave.

Preferred habitats are grass and marshland, floodplains, lagoons and mangroves. Here they find the food they need to eat in order to stay healthy. They move their head from side to side when searching for food even dig into the soil looking for grasshoppers, beetles and small reptiles, or in the water where they may find tasty food such as crayfish and mussels. Only the soft juicy bits of crustaceans are eaten after they have been opened by crushing on a rock.





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All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.