Australian White Ibis

Australische witte ibis

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) is a ibis from the family of Ibissen en lepelaars (Threskiornithidae).

Species name

Dutch name:
Australische witte ibis
English name:
Australian White Ibis
German name:
Australischer Ibis
French name:
Ibis a cou noir
Scientific name:
Threskiornis molucca

Scientific classification




Australian White Ibis have a large white body, a featherless black head and neck and a long black downward curved bill. Adult males are slightly larger than females and have also a slightly longer and more robust bill than females.

The wings are white and the primary feathers of the wings have black tips. The secondary wing feathers are black and a patch of skin under the wing varies from pink to red. Several horizontal pink bars on the back of the head are more distinctive during the breeding season

Chicks have a feathered head and neck and a short straight bill. As juveniles mature they lose the head and neck feathers and their bills grow.


During foraging, small interactions can occur between companions, such as pecking without making contact. This happens especially when there is a fight about the same piece of food. There is a kind of hierarchy (dominance) among the males about obtaining food. Males also dominate the females, but they are much more tolerant towards each other. Short fights also take place during courtship, pair formation, construction of the nest.

Standard Measurements

Lengte man:
The male (drake) of the Australian White Ibis measures approximately 65-75 centimeter. The female measures approximately 65-75 centimeter.
Weight male:
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!
The male will weight about 1700-2500 gram. The female will weight about 1400-1900 gram.

Two subspecies are recognised:

  • T. m. molucca of eastern Malesia and Australia, is the nominate subspecies.
  • T. m. pygmaeus (Solomons white ibis) is a dwarf form found on the Solomon Islands that has been considered a separate species at times.

The Australian white ibis has no specific preference for a particular habitat and even occurs in artificial habitats. They love open areas where there is little and low vegetation, so the following habitat types are eligible:

  • Terrestrial wetlands: They prefer shallow water with a soft soil or muddy plains such as marshes or lakes.
  • Grasslands: Wet grasslands or agricultural land when there are enough invertebrates alive. Wet meadows and marshes with low vegetation are suitable. Grasslands are suitable during and after mowing because many invertebrates and narrow vertebrates are killed.
  • Sheltered coastal habitats: salt habitats such as estuaries, mangroves, salt plains, salt marshes, lagoons and beaches are sometimes used. Artificial wetlands such as water reservoirs, dams and water purification stations.
  • Urban environment: Gardens, playgrounds, roadsides, parks, etc.
Nest placement and structure:

They make their nests in the forks or on large branches of trees. This nest can be up to 30 m high, but sometimes even above the ground or even nestled on the ground. Sometimes used a nest year after year, but mostly by other couples. Both partners are building the nest that consists of twigs, leaves, reeds, water plants, etc. They start the construction two to three days before the first egg is laid. Regularly the construction of the nest is stopped suddenly and is restarted at a different location.

The female Australian White Ibis usually lays from 2-3 dull white eggs and incubates them for 20-23 days.

Bird banding:
Recommended leg band size for the Australian White Ibis is 14 mm.
The leg band can only be applied on a young ibis at around 14 days old.

It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it is good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male

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Geëxtrudeerde drijvende korrels, speciaal voor vogels waarvan de specifieke voedingsbehoeften voornamelijk gericht is op vis zoals de Ibissen, lepelaars, ooievaars, enz. Dit voeder bevat oa. echt zeezout en Spirulina-algen voor een gezonde en onontbeerlijke voeding zoals in de natuur.

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