Ibis: Ugly or Beautiful?

I am becoming obsessed by these birds. Most people here seem to regard them as ugly, faintly scary picnic scavengers. But I think they’re beautiful.

Okay, so they have bald, scaly heads, long pokey beaks and they walk like old people.

But they have the most gorgeous soft white plumage.

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6 Responses to Ibis: Ugly or Beautiful?

  1. The Ibis is an interesting bird. It has a nice plumage but an ugly beak. When I was in Sydney I worked at the restaurant/kiosk in the Botanical Gardens. It was a continual race between the Ibis and the table-clearers to get to a newly vacated table. So much crockery was lost in the battle! On balance, I don’t think I like them.

  2. piereth says:

    They are extremely imposing when they stand up straight… I saw one at Cotswold Wildlife park which topped 6 foot.

  3. azahar says:

    Yes, I think ‘imposing’ is a rather good word for them – how tall are they when they stand up straight?

    Never having seen one in person, the beaks actually look rather elegant to me – then again, I quite like the look of people with, shall we say, ‘interesting’ noses.

    The plumage is definitely quite beautiful.

  4. piereth says:

    T, the pic of the ibis in the tree is superb, I know it’s a liberty but it’s currently adorning my desktop as the wallpaper…

    Looks like a mad cross between a turkey and a scythe.

    Azahar, I think I must have seen the bionic cousin to the ibis in T’s pics! It was well taller than me.

  5. truce says:

    Archie, that’s a coincidence – I first saw these Ibis as I ate a sandwich in that very Botanical Gardens cafe and was amused/alarmed to have to fend off a bird the size of a small dog in order to eat it in peace!

    Piereth, yes, ‘imposing’ is definitely the word for them and I am DELIGHTED to hear that you like the ibis in the tree photo enough to have it on your desktop 🙂

    Azahar, I, too, like people with interesting noses. Gives a face character. as for their height, these Australian Black and White Ibis are about 1 1/2 feet tall, but bigger species do exist as Piereth says.

  6. I think they are beautiful. But my mother always said beaty is in the eye of the beholder.

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