French: Ibis d’Australie German: Stachelibis Spanish: Ibis tornasolado
Murray River, New South Wales, Australia
Australia. Also non-breeding visitor to S parts of New Guinea; occasional visitor to Tasmania and several islands in Bass Strait.
59–76 cm; 1100–1500 g; wingspan 100–120 cm. Usually unmistakable, with highly iridiscent plumage, but can appear fairly uniform dirty dark brown in... read more
Mainly vocal around breeding colonies. Calls include croaks, barks and grunts. In flight, a hoarse... read more
Pastures, cultivation, irrigation areas, open forests and dry grasslands, often far from wetlands;... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists mainly of insects (beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, caterpillars), spiders, freshwater crayfish (Cherax), snails,... read more
Season very variable, much influenced by water conditions; more fixed in S, in Aug–Dec; recorded in all months in C and N. Breeds in... read more
Partially migratory: some birds sedentary; others make seasonal or irregular movements as water... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). The global population is estimated to be about one million birds. This is the most widespread and abundant ibis in Australia, with... read more
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