Ibises & Spoonbills

Threskiornithidae

Superficially similar to herons but with long decurved (ibises) or spatula-like (spoonbills) bills, with five breeding residents, the Australian White Ibis Threskiornis moluccus, Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia and Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus also breed in other countries, whereas the Straw-necked Ibis T. spinicollis breeds only in Australia. The Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes does not naturally occur anywhere else in the world.

Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis

What does is look like? The Australian White Ibis is identified by its 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. Adults have a tuft of cream plumes on the base of the...
Straw-necked Ibis

Straw-necked Ibis

What does is look like? The most striking and common of the Australian Ibises, this species is identified by its iridescent purple-green back and wings and snow white underparts. The down-curved bill is black, as is the bare skin of the head and neck; the lower neck is covered with short feathers. Long 'straw-like' plumes cascade from the fore-neck of adult birds. During the breeding season the...