Threskiornithidae – Ibises & spoonbills
Their beaks are no less than a swiss army knife
Threskiornithidae is a large word for a large family of large wading birds. They are characterized by their bill, either slender and curved downwards or straight and spatulate at the distal end.
They are represented almost globally, dwelling in marshes and other wetland habitats. Although, some prefer savanna and flooded woodlands.
Ibises and spoonbills do not discriminate much for their food and consume invertebrates and tiny vertebrates like mollusks, crabs, worms, and insects.
Threskiornithid males and females are both monogamous and participate in parental care. Most nest in colonies in trees or bushes near or over water, although some nest on cliffs or alone.
Genera in this family
Gold panners might have taken inspiration from these birds
The ibises are beautiful birds found in warmer regions near water bodies
The most widespread of all ibises
This small genus contains a bird that can serve as a traffic red traffic signal!