PORT PHILLIP BAY


Straw-necked Ibis 

Threskiornis spinicollis

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Ciconiiformes
Family:
Threskiornithidae
Genus:
Threskiornis
Species:
spinicollis

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. Body up to 70 cm long.

Biology

Straw-necked Ibis are nomadic, moving between areas alone or in groups. They breed in colonies.

Habitat

Pastures, freshwater wetlands and swamp edges.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Ibises and spoonbills

Max Size

70 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Straw-necked Ibis, Threskiornis spinicollis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 21 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7920

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