long decurved bill; pretty sheen on the wings (Australia; 2006-06-20)

Straw-necked Ibis
Threskiornis spinicollis

Native Range: Australian Region

Notes: an unmistakable ibis whose purple-green glossy sheen sometimes really sparkles when the bird is in good light.

dorsal view; dark head; light-colored neck (Australia; 2006-06-20)

dark upper breast; white lower breast and belly (Australia; 2006-06-20)

pinkish legs; neck feathers protrude like straw (Australia; 2006-06-20)

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