Ibis and Spoonbill Behaviour

Photographs of Ibis and Spoonbill Behaviour in Fresh and Saltwater Habitats

Ibises and spoonbills belong to Threskiornithidae family, this page features galleries depicting some preening, feeding, foraging, hunting, flying, roosting and other behaviours.

Ibis and Spoonbill Behaviour

Behaviour Notes

The gallery features some behaviours of four ibis and one spoonbill species.

Australian white ibis is widespread in Australia occupying swamp, grassland, urban park and garden habitats. The featured birds were in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden and Townsville (Palmetum) Botanic Garden. Straw-necked and glossy ibis, also widespread in Australia, I photographed them in several the Northern Territory locations.

Royal spoonbills are Australasian residents. I photographed the them in several places in New Zealand’s South Island. They catch prey using several methods; the most distinctive is when the bird makes slow side to side movements with the open bill. Inside the spoon papillae detect vibrations the prey makes the bird scoop up the prey by lifting the bill and swallowing.

Scarlet Ibis photographed at the Orange Valley mudflats in Trinidad. The species often gathers in large flocks in wetlands, marsh, swamps and mudflats habitat. I also photographed them flying into Trinidad’s Caroni Swamp to roost. The species is mainly found in the north-west part of South America; it’s a non-breeding visitor to Trinidad.