Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) | Avelgood Apps

This species is a mid-sized ibis. It is 48 to 66 cm (19 to 26 in) long with a wngspan of 80 to 105 cm (31 to 41 in). Their body mass can range from 485 to 970 g. Breeding adults have reddish-brown bodies and shiny bottle-green wings. Non-breeders and juveniles have duller bodies. The bird has a brownish bill, dark facial skin bordered above and below in blue-gray (non-breeding) to cobalt blue (breeding). Unlike herons, ibises fly with necks outstretched, their flight being graceful and often in V-formation.

Habitat and Distribution

This species breeds in scattered sites in warm regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Atlantic and Caribbean region of the Americas. It has spread naturally from Africa to northern South America in the 19th century, from where it also spread to North America.The bird is migratory; with most European birds wintering in Africa and North America. Glossy Ibis feed in very shallow water.They are found in marshes, sewage ponds, reseivors, irrigated farmland and coastal locations eg deltas.


Prey includes adult and larval insects such as aquatic beetles, dragonflies, grasshoppers, crickets, flies and, Annelida including molluscs, crustaceans and occasionally fish, amphibians, lizards,snakes and nestling birds.


Glossy Ibis nest in freshwater or brackish wetlands. The nests are usually a platform of twigs and vegetation positioned at least 1m above water, sometimes up to 7 m in tall, dense stands of emergent vegetation, low trees or bushes.

Calls and Songs

Sounds made by this rather quiet ibis include a variety of croaks and grunts, including a hoarse grrrr made when breeding.

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