Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Wild Bird Wednesday 525 - Straw-Necked Ibis.

The Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) is a common bird in my part of the world - often found in parks, on playing fields - ovals as we call them here - and hanging around places where they can find food scraps.  They thrive where humans waste food, and have gained the nickname 'Bin Chicken' in many parts of Australia!

In a more natural setting they will feed on invertebrates in grass lands, using their long beak to extract 'grubs' of all sorts from the soil.  In the past, because of this habit they were known as The Farmers Friend. Oh, how times have changed.

In these pictures you can see one of the birds eating a 'grub' of some sort, and you can also see the way the light picks up the metallic sheen of their feathers.  Bin Chickens?  I think not.

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  1. Hari OM
    No. Almost more peacock with those shiny wings. YAM xx

  2. Gosh, I'm striking birds! I enjoy learning a little something about their trash bin times too. Be right back with my link

  3. Their gleaming feathers look similar to glossy ibis. Hope they survive this weird adaptation.

  4. Beautiful colouring and quite a beak!

  5. Nice images which exhibit their iridescence. I can see how the stiff-looking neck feathers earned them their proper name.

  6. They look exotic but it sounds like they behave like pigeons.