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Straw-necked Ibis scooping up water

(Threskiornis spinicollis)
Alternate name(s): "Farmer's Friend", "Dryweather-bird", "Letter-bird"
Aboriginal name(s): "paipan", "murrgumurrgu" [yuwaalaraay, yuwaalayaay];
"jungar*" [western bundjalung]

Size: 60-70 cm

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In July 2020 A. Ross-Taylor observed the drinking technique employed by a Straw-necked Ibis taking water from a shallow puddle in Darwin, NT. All photos shown here are courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor.

The problem

You stand in front of a shallow puddle and are thirsty, but you've got a long, curved bill - and you don't know how to suck water.

Straw-necked Ibis standing in front of a shallow puddle (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)

The solution

Straw-necked Ibis bending sideways to fill the bill... (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)

... and then scoop up water as best possible (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)

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