I was visiting Darwin, NT, Australia a few years back and I encountered this bird. I must say it was in Darwin's Botanical Gardens, so I can't be absolutely positive the Northern Territory is its original habitat. However, I'm pretty sure it's a NT native, as the whole Gardens were packed with, and dedicated to NT's wildlife.


The photo is kind of dark and a bit fuzzy due to poor lighting conditions. I already tried to digitally enhance it by removing shadows and so forth.

I tried Google Images reverse search to ID this bird, but I'm not a hero with that tool. Although it looks a bit like it - it's definitely not a Jabiru.


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That's an Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus).

Threskiornis moluccus

It's widespread across much of Australia:

Threskiornis moluccus rangemap

You can find more info on Wikipedia.

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    $\begingroup$ Can't accept it yet due to system limitations -- but wow that is quick - thanks! $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 23:26
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    $\begingroup$ I was just in Australia this year, so I recognized the species fairly quickly. "A Pocket Naturalist Guide: Australia Birds" was a useful tool while I was there. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 23:27
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    $\begingroup$ Oh thanks for that pic of Oz - I was already wondering whether it truly was native in SE and NT - it's a big country! $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 23:31

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