General Description

Upper body dark green-purple with white underparts. Yellow straw-like feathers hanging from the neck under a long, curved bill. Young birds lack the straw-like plume and have black legs. Adult body up to 70 cm long.

Biology

Straw-necked Ibis are nomadic, moving between areas alone or in groups. They breed in colonies. They eat insects and aquatic molluscs as well as small frogs and lizards.

Distribution

Eastern, northern and western mainland Australia and Tasmania.

Habitat

Pastures, freshwater wetlands and swamp edges.

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