Australian White Ibis
Mainly white with bare black head and neck. Long downward curved black bill. Black lace-like feathers over the tail. Plumage often soiled. Black tips to wings noticeable in flight. Legs red/dark grey. During breeding: stiff pale yellow breast plumes and bare red skin underwing.
Feed on crickets, earthworms, insects, snails and frogs. Often seen probing in the soil or under water. They have become scavengers around people.
Breed over water in established colonies which are used for several years. The male collects the branches and the female constructs a platform nest. Both birds share in incubating the eggs and care for the young.
Places to Look
Mangroves, fresh water, brackish and saline wetlands, beaches, parks, gardens and rubbish dumps. There is a breeding colony at South Townsville opposite the boat ramp.
Many breeding colonies have been lost as a result of clearing and filling of swamps.
- Coastal Birds of the Burdekin Dry Tropics
- Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club)
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