Ibis conservation facts

There are very good reasons to debate whether ibis are pests or if they are vulnerable. Their lifecycle seems to be out of balance because of climate events like drought. They have moved to urban areas because they have more reliable food sources for breeding here than the inland wetlands where they used to breed.

Use these links to find out more about ibis:

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/nature/wildaboutibis.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_white_ibis

http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/whiteibis.htm

 

“Many birds form long-term pair bonds that may last a lifetime, or only several years. No species is known to always mate for life; studies show that most monogamous species are more like humans, in that some pairings last only a short time, some for years, and a few for a lifetime. Birds known to form long-term pair bonds that may last a lifetime include swans, geese, most hawks, eagles and falcons, most parrots, albatrosses, ravens, pigeons and doves, and more. Birds as a class contain more monogamous species than not, though some species switch mates more often than others. Most migratory songbirds find a new mate every year. Relatively few bird species are polygamous (males mate with many females), and just a few are polyandrous (females mate with many males). Also like humans, though, even pair-bonded birds are known through genetic testing to occasionally “cheat” on their partners!” (Shabbirhazari http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Which_birds_mate_for_life)

http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Threskiornis-molucca

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2007/11/15/2182311.htm

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