|To:||Philip Veerman <>|
|Subject:||FW: Royal Spoonbills, actually more about ibis|
|From:||Martin Butterfield via Canberrabirds <>|
|Date:||Fri, 7 Apr 2023 05:00:29 +0000|
I note that the Australian Bird Guide (ABG) describes the plumage of Threskiornis molucca as "... almost entirely white (though often dirty) ..."
I suspect there is a clue to why this is so in the alternate common name for Threskiornis molucca of "Bin Chook". I have never seen a Spoonbill or a white Egret (nor, come to think of it, Straw-necked Ibis) burrowing into a wheelie bin or skip but often observe AWI in that position if the top of the container is not secured. ABG comments on this species scavenging and feeding on carrion but the notes about Egrets and spoonbils only talk about live prey.
On Fri, 7 Apr 2023 at 14:46, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
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