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Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus ORDER: PELECANIFORMES FAMILY: THRESKIORNITHIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A dark wading bird with a long, down-curved bill. Although the Glossy Ibis in North America lives primarily along the Atlantic Coast, it also can be found in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

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Appearance

Heronlike
Heronlike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Long, down-curved bill.
  • Long dark legs.
  • Body all dark.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but with dark banded bill and duller body.

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Similar Species

  • Herons have straight, not curved bills.
  • Immature White Ibis has white rump and belly.
  • White-faced Ibis is extremely similar, but shows a white feather border completely surrounding the face during breeding season, has a red face and eyes, reddish legs or red around leg joints.