[RBG2017] Part 4: White ibis

Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) looks much better when it’s not rummaging in dustbins or rubbish tips — or stealing food from your picnic lunch.

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

Then again, I’ve seen trees stained white and even killed by their droppings. Definitely not my favourite bird.

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Birds at the RBG #1: White ibis

Friday, 17 October 2014
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus)

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus)

The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) is really not one of my favourite birds. When viewed close up they are pretty grubby. They have this horrible featherless head and neck. The trees in which they nest turn white from their droppings. They have a habit of following rubbish trucks to the dump for a feed, and they have been moving into many suburbs including mine. I hate to think about what they’re leaving on my roof to be washed into the rainwater tanks.

But! When viewed at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney they seem much more benign. They don’t appear to have destroyed any of the palm trees by crapping in their crowns. Yet.

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