French: Ibis à cou noir German: Australischer Ibis Spanish: Ibis moluqueño
Other common names:
Australian White Ibis,
Australian Sacred Ibis
Subspecies and Distribution
T. m. moluccus
(Cuvier, 1829) – S Moluccas (S from Seram), W & S New Guinea, and Australia (excluding arid interior); infrequently recorded in E Lesser Sundas (Timor, Babar, Tanimbar)#R#R.
T. m. pygmaeus
Mayr, 1931 – Bellona I and Rennell I (S Solomon Is).
63–76 cm; 1400–2500 g, female lighter; wingspan 110–125 cm. Male generally larger, with longer bill, as in most ibises. Narrow pinkish transversal nuchal... read more
Mainly vocal around breeding colonies. Calls include drawn-out nasal goose-like barks at different... read more
Inland wetlands, especially shallow swamps with abundant vegetation, and floodplains; sheltered... read more
Food and feeding
Diet very variable, depending on habitat. Main prey includes frogs, fish (Gambusia, Perca, Arenigobius, ... read more
Season very variable according to prevailing water conditions. Usually forms colonies of up to 20,000 pairs, sometimes with other... read more
Most adults sedentary, although throughout range some irregular, nomadic movements occur, sometimes... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in Australia, frequently forming large gatherings. The largest colonies are in S New South Wales and Victoria, occasionally... read more
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