Threskiornithidae – Ibises, Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) by Lee at Circle B

Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) by Lee at Circle B

the owl, and the ibis and the swan, (Deuteronomy 14:16 Darby)

The screech owl, and the cormorant, and the ibis. (Leviticus 11:17 DRB)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PELECANIFORMES, Family – Threskiornithidae – Ibises, Spoonbills

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African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) by Africaddict – Photo by DavesBP
Malagasy Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis bernieri) ©Drawing WikiC
Reunion Ibis (Threskiornis solitarius †) ©Drawing WikiC
Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus) by Nikhil – *LLABS*
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) by Ian
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) by Ian
Red-naped Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa) by Nikhil Devasar
White-shouldered Ibis (Pseudibis davisoni) IBC
Giant Ibis (Pseudibis gigantea) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo IBC
Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) ©©RobertoVerzo
Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus calvus) by Dan – Photo by Lee (LPZoo) – *LLABS*
Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon) IBC
Olive Ibis (Bostrychia olivacea) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo IBC
Sao Tome Ibis (Bostrychia bocagei) ©WikiC
Spot-breasted Ibis (Bostrychia rara) Drawing PlanetofBirds
Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) by Dan – *LLABS*
____ (Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris) ©©LipKee
____ (Bostrychia hagedash hagedash) ©©LipKee
Wattled Ibis (Bostrychia carunculata) ©WikiC
Plumbeous Ibis (Theristicus caerulescens) ©©LipKee
Buff-necked Ibis (Theristicus caudatus) by Dario Sanches
Black-faced Ibis (Theristicus melanopis) by DavesBP
____ (Theristicus melanopis melanopis) ©©ClaudioTimm
Andean Ibis (Theristicus branickii) WorldBirdGuide
Sharp-tailed Ibis (Cercibis oxycerca) ©WikiC
Green Ibis (Mesembrinibis cayennensis) by Dario Sanches
Bare-faced Ibis (Phimosus infuscatus) by R Scanlon
American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) by Dan – Close-up by Lee – *LLABS*
Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) by Dan – Photo by Ian – *LLABS*
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) Lee at Circle B
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) ©USFWS – Photo by Ian – *LLABS*
Puna Ibis (Plegadis ridgwayi) ©WikiC
Madagascan Ibis (Lophotibis cristata) ©©TambakoTJaguar
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) by Nikhil
Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) by W Kwong
African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) by Dan at LPZoo – *LLABS*
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) ©©LipKee
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) ©WikiC
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) by Lee at Circle B – Photo by Dan – *LLABS*
Roseate Spoonbills feeding at a local lake on a overcast day. Watch how they swing those spoon bills back and forth. (by Lee)

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Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:
Dan’s Pix (Dan)
Dario Sanches
Dave’s BirdingPix
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
Ray’s Wildlife Photography
Robert Scanlon’s Gallery
William Kwong’s Galleries

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The family Threskiornithidae includes 34 species of large wading birds. The family has been traditionally classified into two subfamilies, the ibises and the spoonbills, however recent genetic studies are casting doubt on the arrangement, and revealing the spoonbills to be nested within the old world ibises, and the new world ibises as an early offshoot.

Members of the family have long, broad wings with 11 primary feathers and about 20 secondaries. They are strong fliers and, rather surprisingly, given their size and weight, very capable soarers. The body tends to be elongated, the neck more so, with rather long legs. The bill is also long, decurved in the case of the ibises, straight and distinctively flattened in the spoonbills. They are large birds, but mid-sized by the standards of their order, ranging from the Dwarf Olive Ibis (Bostrychia bocagei), at 45 cm (18 in) and 450 g (1 lb), to the Giant Ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea), at 100 cm (40 in) and 4.2 kg (9.2 lb).

They are distributed almost worldwide, being found near almost any area of standing or slow-flowing fresh or brackish water. Ibises are also found in drier areas, including landfills. The Llanos are notable in that these wetland plains support seven species of ibis in the one region.

All ibises are diurnal; spending the day feeding on a wide range of invertebrates and small vertebrates: ibises by probing in soft earth or mud, spoonbills by swinging the bill from side to side in shallow water. At night, they roost in trees near water. They are gregarious, feeding, roosting, and flying together, often in formation. (Wikipedia with editing)

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