black head and tail; long decurved bil; white body (Australia; 2006-06-20)

Australian White Ibis
Threskiornis molucca

Native Range: Australian Region

Notes: bold black-and-white plumage in conjunction with a long decurved bill help to identify this common Australian species; often forages in grassy pastures; similar in overall appearance to Africa's Sacred Ibis; no sexual dimorphism.

head and neck are mostly featherless (Australia; 2006-06-20)

dorsal view; white bordered by black at both ends (Australia; 2006-06-20)

foraging on the ground (Australia; 2006-06-20)

perched in a tree; note red patch on back of head (Australia; 2006-06-20)

preening; note black plumes extending from back (Australia; 2006-06-20)

trio of birds in a tree (Australia; 2006-06-20)

portrait; note red on back of head; decurved bill (Australia; 2006-06-20)

flock in a tree (Australia; 2006-06-20)