Australian White Ibis
The Australian White Ibis is one of three native Australian ibis species. While they are sometimes disparagingly known as 'bin chickens' due to their habit of foraging in garbage bins for food, the Australian White Ibis is in fact a displaced species. They were originally found in grasslands and wet, marshy areas further inland. However, droughts and changes to water management regimes in their natural habitat forced many Australian White Ibis to investigate better feeding grounds closer to urban areas. They have settled in very well to city life and are now common in many urban areas. Sutherland Shire Council's Australian White Ibis Fact Sheet can provide you with more information about these impressive white birds.
Contact WIRES if you find an injured native animal
Image credit: Dr Richard Major, Australian Museum.