Aussie Council To Cull 100 Ibis Birds
The local council near Perth Airport have announced that around 100 Australian White Ibis birds are to be culled.
They claim that the animals pose a risk to planes and passengers flying in and out of the airport.
Commonly referred to as bin chickens or tip turkeys, the animals have been scavenging at the nearby Red Hill Waste Management Facility and the East Metropolitan Regional Council say they have been forced to take drastic action.
Nearby residents have been told to expect gunshots from Monday, as a program to thin the numbers of birds gets under way.
In a letter to residents, the council said the Ibis “can carry and transmit disease … and most importantly they pose an imminent threat to planes from bird strikes”.
“The Ibis represents a very serious problem, simply because it's a very large bird,” aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas said.
“Bird strikes can and do bring down planes."
“A 747 pilot told me his aircraft encountered an Ibis on take-off from Sydney and the vibrations from the engine, it took out an engine, were so severe that he could not read the instruments.”
Australian Transport Safety Bureau figures show there were 135 bird strikes at Perth Airport between 2015 and 2017.