THRESKIORNITHIDAE,Threskiornithinae:Threskiornine Ibises and Spoonbills
$La Spatule de l'isle de Luçon Sonnerat,1776,Voyage à la Nouvelle Guinée,p.89,pl.51. (Luzon??.Error for Cape of Good Hope).
inland wetlands with fresh or brackish water,including shallow swamps,flooded pastures,watercourses,channels,polls and shallow margins of lakes;rarely in tidal mud flats & other sheltered marine habitats;visits small swamps,farm water supplies & pools more often than Platalea regia. Nests in wetlands,on trees or in reds or rushes.
"October-April,Victoria. Earlier in NSW...probably varies greatly inland according to flooding,drought." (HANZAB,1,p.1108)
Appears to be mainly sedentary in south of Australia. Observations suggest regular movement in north of range & in inland New South Wales. Vagrant to Tasmania,Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands & New Zealand.