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Glossy Ibis

(Plegadis falcinellus)
Alternate name(s): Misnomer: "Black Curlew"
German name(s): "Braunsichler", "Brauner Sichler"

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

Sex unknown

BREEDING

Family of Glossy Ibises feeding in an irrigated rice field; an adult in breeding plumage is visible on the right (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2018]

Large flock of Glossy Ibises rising; the glossiness of the upperwing plumage indicates that these ibises are in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Additional information

We have taken more photos of Glossy Ibises in breeding plumage in Australia.

NON-BREEDING

Close-up lateral view of a Glossy Ibis in non-breeding plumage; note the streaking on head and neck; given the season (March), this bird is probably a one year-old non-breeder (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2016]

Lateral view of a Glossy Ibis in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Lateral view of a Glossy Ibis in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Glossy Ibis in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Glossy Ibises flying in formation; the gaps in the primaries indicate that these ibises are moulting into non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, July 2018]

Overwintering Glossy Ibises in flight; click on image to also see a flock of Eurasian Spoonbills (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Additional information

We have taken more photos of Glossy Ibises in Australia and Oman.

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Family of Glossy Ibises feeding in an irrigated rice field; a juvenile can be seen near the centre (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2018]

Food, Diet

Ibises feed on small animals that they pull out of mud or soft soil.

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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