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Glossy Ibis

(Plegadis falcinellus)
Alternate name(s): Misnomer: "Black Curlew"
Size: 48-66 cm; wing span: 80-105 cm
Weight: 485-970 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Glossy Ibis at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Lateral view of a Glossy Ibis in breeding plumage; this comparison with Grey Teals shows clearly that Glossy Ibises are in essence duck-sized birds with a long bill, neck and legs
[Near Urunga, NSW, March 2015]

Two Glossy Ibises in breeding plumage foraging in a semi-permanent mudflat
[Macquarie Marshes NR, NSW, April 2011]

Glossy Ibises in breeding plumage foraging in a wet floodway; the glossy sheen of their wing feathers is visible, even from a distance
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2007]

When looking into sunlight Glossy Ibises can appear very dark
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2007]

Direct comparison of Glossy Ibises with Australian White Ibises
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, February 2016]

Lateral view of a Glossy Ibis in flight
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Dorsal view of a Glossy Ibis in flight
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, November 2012]

Skein of Glossy Ibises in flight in a chevron formation
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2015]

Skein of Glossy Ibises in flight in a chevron formation
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2015]

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a Glossy Ibis in non-breeding plumage (note the streaking on the head)
[Near Urunga, NSW, March 2015]

Close-up lateral view of two Glossy Ibis in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA, August 2015]

Close-up lateral view of Glossy Ibises foraging on grassland (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA, August 2015]

Lateral view of a Glossy Ibis in brilliant sunshine (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Dorsal view of a Glossy Ibis in non-breeding plumage
[Near Moree, NSW, April 2012]

This comparison with a Pacific Black Duck shows that Glossy Ibises are quite small
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, November 2011]

Here a comparison of a Glossy Ibis with a Purple Swamphen (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA, August 2015]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Group of 5 Glossy Ibises comprising 3 adults (brown heads) and 2 immature birds (grey heads; second and third from the right)
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, March 2016]

Glossy Ibises banking to land; adult in breeding plumage, front left, and immature, back right
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, March 2016]

Additional information

More photos of Glossy Ibises were obtained by us in Oman.

Food, Diet

Ibises feed on small animals, from insects to leeches, moluscs, mussles and crustaceans, that they pull out of mud or soft soil.

Adult Glossy Ibis (left) and two immature birds feeding in shallow water; this photo allows a size comparison with an Australian White Ibis
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, December 2012]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

We will try to replace this poor recording with a better one as soon as possible.

glibis_20161221.mp3 (N NSW) Warning/departure
(partial recording)
© MD

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