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Straw-necked ibis

Straw-necked ibis
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-11-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-13 7:15
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Points: 8
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Not a top quality shot of this Straw-necked ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)but on that overcast day on the suburban campus of La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria I did not want to miss the chance to shoot this bird which is also quite a pest like the Australian White Ibis. I enjoyed the presence of this bird among the humans which is quite unusual in my part of the world.It is a beautiful bird and was feeding in the company of Silver Gulls, coots, and Australian Maned Duck.


The Straw-necked Ibis is a large waterbird with a naked black head, long downcurved black bill and yellow throat plumes. It has a glossy blue-black back, with metallic purple, green and bronze sheen, a white nape and sides of neck and white underparts. Its preference for grassland insects such as grasshoppers and locusts have earnt it the name of Farmer's Friend.
Similar species:

The strawlike neck feathers distinguish the Straw-necked Ibis from other ibises. When flying, it has a white body and black wings, while the Australian White Ibishas a black head with white body and wings.


The Straw-necked Ibis is found across mainland Australia. It is vagrant to Tasmania and is also found in Indonesia, New Guinea, Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island.

The Straw-necked Ibis prefers wet and dry grasslands, pastures, croplands and swamp or lagoon margins. It is rarely found on coastal shores, mudflats or mangroves and is generally less adaptable than the Australian White Ibis.
Seasonal movements:

Highly nomadic, moving in search of suitable habitat.(birdsinmybackyard.net)

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Hello Abid,
This is a strange bird with a interesting long black bill. Nice capture with good details.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-14 11:56]

Hi Abid,excellent capture of this curious ibis walking in the grass,perfect sharpness despite the distance and the cloudy day.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Abid. Nice capture of this Ibis. Quite different from the Ibis we have here in South Africa.

Hi, Abid Saheb. Nice capture with good details and an interesting black bill probably adapted perfectly for the habitat. Thanks for sharing.

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