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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

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Sex unknown

Lateral view of 2 Glossy Ibises in non-breeding plumage checking out water puddles
[Qurm, December 2009]

Near-lateral/ventral view of 2 Glossy Ibises in non-breeding plumage in flight
[Qurm, December 2009]

Lateral view of 3 Glossy Ibises in non-breeding plumage in flight
[Qurm, December 2009]

Lateral/ventral view of a Glossy Ibis in non-breeding plumage in flight
[Qurm, December 2009]

Additional information

We have also taken photos of Glossy Ibises in Australia and in Europe.

Food, Diet

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


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

More Glossy Ibis sound recordings are available at .

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