I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA
The straw-necked ibis is native to wet and dry grasslands throughout Australia.
I AM A CARNIVORE
The straw-necked ibis’s diet consists of various invertebrates, both terrestrial and aquatic. They will also pluck frogs, crayfish, and fish from the water to eat.
STRAW-NECKED IBISES ARE SOCIAL
The straw-necked ibis will form large colonies during mating season. Bonded pairs will often share parental duties once eggs have been laid.
Straw-necked Ibis utters raucous, rolling calls when in flight. At nesting sites, grunts, croaks and some barks can be heard. These sounds can be heard at great distance. This species is rather silent away from the nest-site.
HELPING THE STRAW-NECKED IBIS IN THE WILD
The straw-necked ibises at the Zoo are enrolled in the Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP is a program implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure a genetically viable population exists.
I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM
As a predator, the straw-necked ibis plays an important role in keeping certain animal and insect populations balanced within their ecosystem.