It’s fair to say that the ibis doesn't have the best reputation in Australia, known for rummaging through rubbish bins and crashing picnics.
But Australians are now being urged to embrace the native bird just as we do with our koalas and kangaroos.
Urban ecologist and ibis expert Matthew Chard told The Morning Show that he hopes perspectives on the Aussie icon change when people learn more about the birds.
“The reason why they are here is that we have unfortunately destroyed their natural wetland habitat in the Macquarie Marshes.”
“They are just trying to survive and they found the next best place to come and live, which is here with us in the cities.”
“It’s not their fault that they are in our cities.”