Thursday, March 18, 2010

ABC Wednesday: I for Ibis

ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt

I was very interested in the ibises in the Gold Coast. They were seen in flocks and my interest in them did not wane despite being told that they are now a pest, and commonly known as "Rubbish" birds. They even take food out of babies. This is mainly man's fault when they feed them. In many places, they have signs," Do not feed the ibises."

They can also be found in residential areas. These two were found in my brother's backyard.

The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) is a wading bird of the ibis family Threskiornithidae, also known as the "Sheep bird". It is widespread across much of Australia. It has a predominantly white plumage with a bare, black head, long downcurved bill and black legs.

Historically rare in urban areas, the Australian White Ibis has immigrated to urban areas of the east coast.



Roger Owen Green said...

The only ibis I ever saw was in my daughter's picture books! cool

Ah Ngao said...

i stayed at Ibis Hotel while in Perth .now then i know it's a bird's name.

RuneE said...

Nice to get to know a bird I have never seen.

Ms. Bake-it said...

I love watching the ibis. We had a flock of them wandering through my neighborhood last weekend. They have been there often. I love when they bring their young with them. To my knowledge, they are not considered a nuisance here. I hope it stays that way!

~ Tracy

Troy said...

Intimidating Isn't It, that Ibis Probiscus?

I must say, my only exposure to the Ibis was when, as a student, I was compelled to read The Scarlet Ibis, and write a book report.

I had no Idea, until just moments ago, when I saw your Ibis Images, just what an Ibis looked like.

Interesting and Informative post!

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday Team, Thanks for joining us this week. Hope to see you back next week too!


Johnny Nutcase said...

that's so crazy they are in the backyards there. I've seen a few different species here and most recently the scarlet ibis in Trinidad - it's a neon, bright red. So cool! But i think they're all pretty :)

Ruth said...

I wouldn't blame the birds for being pests. They are strange looking for sure but I would love to see one.

Jama said...

The only Ibis I've seen are the scarlet ibises at Jurong Bird Park.