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  Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)





Australian White Ibis | Threskiornis molucca photo
In recent years the Australian White Ibis has become increasingly common in parks and can be found in the heart of Brisbane and the Gold Coast where it makes a nuisance of itself scrounging for scraps in garbage bins and around people having outdoor lunch. At one stage, the Brisbane City council resorted to birds of prey to drive them out of the city centre. Photographed at Sandgate, Brisbane.

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Australian White Ibis | Threskiornis molucca photo
Two Sacred Ibis at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane. These birds are common around the duck pond, where they get a free feed when children feed the ducks. Note the bare patch of red skin under the wing.

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Australian White Ibis | Threskiornis molucca photo
Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane.

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Australian White Ibis is mostly white except for a bare black head.

Other Names
Sacred Ibis

Size
70cm

Habitat
wetlands, swamps, pastures, city parklands

Food
crayfish, insects and other invertebrates, also human scraps.

Breeding
nest in large colonies. Nest is shallow cup of sticks and reeds amongst trees by water. Lays 4-5 white eggs.

Range
widespread in northern and eastern Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Threskiornithidae
Genus:Threskiornis
Species:molucca
Common Name:Australian White Ibis

Relatives in same Genus
  Straw-necked Ibis (T. spinicollis)