Straw-necked Ibis scooping up water
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.
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.