Gregarious, sometimes in flocks of thousands. Feeds in
freshwater swamps, inundated grassland and dry grassland. Grubs for roots and
tubers with its strongly hooked bill. Distribution has been greatly reduced;
breeding range now mainly the flood plains of the Top End rivers, with smaller
colonies elsewhere. Was eradicated from Victoria and se SA but has since been re-introduced.
|Bird, water and shoreline
|The Australian Bird Guide, Peter Menkhorst et al