Australian White Ibis, from Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Ibises are of several kinds; this one is Australian white Ibis. It can be easily recognized because of its white plumage, bare black head and long black legs. The long down curved bill is common to all varieties of Ibis. They nest in groups and coexist well with other birds like spoonbills and herons.The species has been culled in parts of Sydney due to their smell and at times obtrusive nature. We did get a smell as we rowed around the islands where the birds were nesting, but that may be due to the mix of different birds and their poops. They have a very unpleasant croaking sound too.

Australian white Ibis

Ibises catch and eat small, usually aquatic, animals from fish and frogs to insects, shellfish, crabs and crayfish. The one in the first pic was taking its drink for a long time which enabled us to take good pics. The mommy birds feeding the little ones was interesting to watch. Wish I had taken a video.


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39 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    they are neat birds. we have troubles with egrets nesting in large numbers in parts of texas. their poop makes the air toxic.

  2. Beautiful pictures!
    one of my favourite birds

  3. Sylvia K says:

    A different Ibis from ones we have here. Handsome bird and markings! Wonderful captures as always! Hope you have a great new week, Indrani!!

  4. Carver says:

    Magnificent birds and photographed so well.

  5. Cloudia says:

    One hopes that students will find and share this post!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

  6. DeniseinVA says:

    Marvelous photos of the Ibis. Fascinating birds.

  7. Beautiful Ibis images.

  8. Bibi says:

    Well, they may smell, but they're pretty. 😉

  9. WOW! What handsome birds!

  10. Hilary says:

    Great pics.. especially the sweet wee ones getting fed. And I can't smell a thing. 😉

  11. Arija says:

    They are very useful for aerating pastures but in the city environs where they are feeding on human trash, it is a very different story. Amazingly adapted to city living, they breed up to plague numbers, very like house sparrows in theta regard.

  12. ladyfi says:

    THese are gorgeous!

  13. Lovely pics as usual, Indrani 🙂

  14. Rajesh says:

    Great shots of birds.

  15. Cool pictures Indrani, to identify the bird and provide such in depth information about each is quite a task. Too good.

  16. Beautiful clicks Indrani…love the second one…try to take a video next time… 🙂

  17. Splendid captures Indrani… Thank you the information about the bird 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  18. beautiful! saw them in Bharatpur, Great capture!

  19. motidana says:

    Beautiful pictures and loved reading the descriptive and informative post.

  20. Looks like a gentleman in suit and tie. Pretty picture.

  21. Mridula says:

    Beautiful pictures Indrani.

  22. Jeevan says:

    Beautiful photos and nice detail! Interesting note on the Ibises

  23. Beautiful bird of black and white combo ?

  24. They're very handsome birds.

  25. Adam Jones says:

    Great pictures of the Ibis.

  26. eileeninmd says:

    It is a cool looking Ibis, much different than the ones I see here. Great photos.

  27. Hi Indrani, I saw first time the kind of Ibises through your great blog & the biggest thing is that you've explained the difference between Ibises and other birds in a very good way. Keep posting!!!

  28. Cool shots of the Íbis, not one I'm used to seeing. Love the chicks with Mom photo!:)

  29. Very handsome bird. I love the photo of the chicks in the nest.

  30. Reader Wil says:

    Beautiful photos, Indrani! Very clear and sharp too. I never saw them in Australia, but I saw white ibises in Egypt. In our regions we have mainly herons and storks, and ofcourse all kind of geese,ducks and swans.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  31. Vidhya Rao says:

    What a timely capture on baby birds feeding off of their parent. Amazing one.

  32. Beautiful, the Australian ibis looks grand.

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