Who really is our Ibis?

Sunday, March 19, 2023
by Toni Pankaluic

Love them or be repulsed by them, many of us here in Brisbane have feelings for our 'bin chickens', the Australian White Ibis. How much do you really understand about these birds whose relatives the pharaohs depicted and mummified in their ancient Egyptian temples?

Dr Heather McGinness, Senior Research Scientist from the CSIRO joined 4ZZZ's Eliot Rifkin and Toni Pankaluic to chat about Ibises including some of the latest CSIRO ibis and other waterbird movement research.

For a deep dive...

Follow Waterbirds Australia:

Find out more on the CSIRO’s Waterbird breeding and movement project, including how and why satellite tracking methods are used to support waterbird populations in the long term.

Here are the three ibis species that call Australia home:

...and here's some insight as to why the ancient Egyptians revered the ibis from Egyptian Geographic - 'Ibis - Master of Sacred Word and God of Moon, Wisdom, and Medicine'

Toni Pankaluic

Toni Pankaluic is a Journalist and contributor to Brisbane Line