Straw-necked Ibis / Threskiornis spinicollis

Straw-necked Ibis / Threskiornis spinicollis

Straw-necked Ibis

SCI Name:  Threskiornis spinicollis
Protonym:  Ibis spinicollis Edinb.NewPhilos.J. 19 p.213 [date here before Oct.]
Taxonomy:  Pelecaniformes / Threskiornithidae /
Taxonomy Code:  stnibi1
Type Locality:  Murray River, New South Wales.
Publish Year:  1835
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(Threskiornithidae; Ϯ Sacred Ibis T. aethiopicus) Gr. θρησκεια thrēskeia  religious worship  < θρησκευω thrēskeuō  to worship; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "Ibis, I. æthiopica, Lath. should form the type of a distinct division, to which I give the name of THRESKIORNIS (1842).  T. æthiopica (Lath.), G. R. Gray" (G. Gray 1842). The Sacred Ibis was venerated by the ancient Egyptians, who, by reason of its crescent-shaped bill and bright white plumage, considered it to represent Thoth the moon god. Cabard & Chauvet 2003, relate that Thoth was also the patron of scribes, and that the long bill of the ibis represented the pens or quills with which they wrote.
Var. Thresciornis, Threschiornis, Thereschiornis, Thereshiornis, Threscornis.
Synon. Apterornis, BorbonibisCarphibis, Ibis, Ornithaptera, Setibis.

L. spinus thorn; Mod. L. -collis -necked, -throated < L. collum neck.