Birndu (Glossy Ibis)

Birndu (Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellis) is one of the animals that we Bininj (Aboriginal people) eat. We see birndu on the floodplain in the wet season, and flying in big flocks in the build-up season. There are two other types of ibis, which we call “kernalk”: the one with black feathers (Straw-necked ibis, Threskiornis spinicollis) and the one with white feathers (Australian White Ibis, Threskiornis moluccus). We Aboriginal people eat all of these. Birndu eat things like dumdum (beetles) in the wet earth by the water. Sometimes if we’re hunting other birds like magpie geese or whistle ducks, we’ll hit an ibis and eat that instead.

Birndu ngalka mayh ngadberre nawu bininj ngad ngarrikukburlerri bu ngarringun. Ngalbu birndu ngalkka karrinan kore kabbal bu kudjewk dja kurrung karrolkarren karrinan mirndewern. Kernalk bokenh ngalbu ngalmudbele dja ngalbuyika ngalmudburlerri ngarringun yerrih nawu ngad bininj ngarrikukburlerri birndu dja kernalk bokenh mayhmayh ngarringun. Birndu kangun dumdum dja yekyeng nawu kayo kare kore kukku kukadjid dja kore kubuk. Bu ngarriyawan nawu mayh duninjh yiman Manimunak Djilikuybi wanjh birndu ngarribun ngarringun bu minj ngarringalke njale nawu mayh.