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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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Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
18.9–26 in
48–66 cm
Weight
17.6–28.2 oz
500–800 g
Other Names
  • Ibis falcinelle (French)
  • Ibis cara oscura (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The oldest recorded Glossy Ibis was at least 21 years old, and lived in Virginia between 1971 and 1992.

Habitat


Marsh

Food


Insects

Nesting

Nest Placement

Ground

Behavior


Probing

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Glossy Ibis are found throughout the world. In North America, populations increased between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan estimates 13,000-15,000 breeding birds on the continent, rates the species a 12 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score, and lists it as a Species of Low Concern. Glossy Ibis is not listed on the 2014 State of the Birds Report.

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