Immature Straw-necked Ibis feeding
Alternate name(s): "Farmer's Friend", "Dryweather-bird", "Letter-bird"
Aboriginal name(s): "paipan", "murrgumurrgu" [yuwaalaraay, yuwaalayaay]
Size: 60-70 cm
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In November 2011, at the height of the breeding season for Straw-necked Ibises, a small flock of up to 30 birds was observed by us 20 km East of Narrabri, NSW. Of these, a varying number of individuals came to our property to forage on the paddock and sometimes on the lawn. It turned out that all of them were immature birds, some without straw-like feathers (possibly last year's offspring), some with partially developed spiny feathers (possibly two year olds).