Ibis behaviour

Subject: Ibis behaviour
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 05:43:49 -0000
I certainly agree that White Ibis have learned to live alongside humans.

At the University of Queensland in the early 90s I witnessed one clever strategy on the part of the Ibises. They would quietly approach people sitting on the lawns at lunchtime eating their lunches. The suddenly appearance of an Ibis a few feet away was enough to make many people retreat at once, leaving sandwiches or other food items for the Ibis to consume. Ibises, it should be remembered, are almost as tall as a person sitting down, and close up do look very prehistoric and threatening.

Talking of prehistoric, whenever I read about Archaeopteryx, and try to imgaine what it looked and behave like the mental image I form is always that of a Red Wattlebird!

John Leonard
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