Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
Straw-necked Ibis, Cobargo, NSW, Australia, April 2006 - click for larger image Australia
March / April 2006

The Straw-necked Ibis is distributed in most of Australia except the centre and centre-south. Some migrate to New Guinea during the winter. It is found mainly inland and often some distance from wetlands. Habitats include grasslands and pasture as well as freshwater wetlands.

Straw-necked Ibis, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image It has a featherless black head and long, downturned bill. There is an iridescent coppery shine to the black upperparts and breast and it has a white neck and white belly. Its breast plumes are straw-coloured.

It uses its bill to probe the ground for insects, frogs, fish, snails, etc..

Straw-necked Ibis, Canberra, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Photo 3 was taken during a cricket match at the Manuca Oval in Canberra. I think one of the birds was a bit shocked by an LBW decision.
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