Straw-necked IbisScientific name: Threskiornis spinicollis

Meaning of name: Threskiornis is from the Greek words threskos, meaning sacred, and ornis, meaning bird. Spinicollis is from the Latin words spina, meaning thorn, and collum, meaning neck.

Distribution: Found across Australia near water courses.

Description: Up to 70cm long with a 120cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 3,568km. The oldest bird recorded was recovered 29 years 2.3 months after being banded (information as at 13 June 2012).

The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.
What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme