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Bird Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

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Common Name: Australian White Ibis

Scientific Name: Threskiornis molucca

Family:
Threskiornithidae

Order: Ciconiiformes

Other Names: Sacred Ibis.

Distribution: Widespread in northern and eastern Australia, and both its range and abundance in western Australia is expanding. Not Present in Tasmania

Habitat: Preferred habitats include swamps, lagoons, floodplains and grasslands, but it has also become a successful inhabitant of urban parks and gardens.

Field Notes: almost entirely white body plumage and black head and neck. The head is featherless and its black bill is long and down-curved. During the breeding season the small patch of skin on the under-surface of the wing changes from dull pink to dark scarlet. Size:65-75 cm.

Photo by Auscraft 2011, Gympie,QLD.

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Nice shots again Auscraft, are they all taken in your garden too?
 

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Only the first pic , Gympie has a great pond they nest by the hundreds
 

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Breeding:

The male Australian White Ibis secures a pairing territory on a branch of a tall tree in order to attract a female. The courtship ceremony involves the male putting on a noisy display, as well as showing aggression towards other males. When a female arrives, the male attracts her by bowing from his branch. He then offers the female a twig, forging a bond when she grasps it and they begin to preen one another. Once the pair bond is cemented, the birds fly off to build a nest at another location. Australian White Ibis nest in large colonies, often with the Straw-necked Ibis, T. spinicollis. Young are born naked and helpless. One or two broods may be reared in a year.

Photo auscraft 2012. Gympie

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We had a great day at Gympie. I was able to catch these beautiful birds in flight and get close to capture the feather detailing in the still shot.

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