Straw-necked Ibis

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Straw-necked Ibis

Threskiornis spinicollis


Breeding season is from July to December in southern parts of Australiia. Often breeds throughout the year after heavy rain. Breeding occurs in colonies with other species including Australian Ibis, egrets and spoonbills. Builds a large, rough platform on dense reed beds. Three to five dull, off-white eggs are laid. Both sexes incubate and feed the young. Incubation period lasts 20-25 days. Young fly at 30-40 days.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Ibis
Identifying Characteristics

Grows between 60-70 cm tall. Long down-curved bill. Bare, grey-black skin on head. Red legs. Glossy, blue-black, with metallic purple, green and bronze sheen.

Distinctive Markings

Straw-like neck feathers.

Diet

Carnivore. Terrestrial invertebrates including grasshoppers and locusts, also frogs, small reptiles and mammals.

Habitat

Grassland, wet or dry. Often found on cultivated and irrigated pasture. Shallow wetlands. Rarely arid or marine environments.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Sounds
Loud croaks
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Ciconiiformes
Family
Threskiornithidae
Genus
Threskiornis
Species
spinicollis
Across mainland Australia and vagrant to Tasmania. Also found in Indonesia, New Guinea, Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.

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