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Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus



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Large, long-legged wading bird with a football-shaped body and a long curved bill. Adults are rich chestnut with metallic green wings. Breeding birds have dark facial skin with pale lines extending from the bill to the eye, but not around the eye.


Juveniles are duller brown overall with some white streaking on the neck. Note dark underparts.


Flies with neck outstretched and legs trailing behind. Wings, lower back, and tail are metallic shades of green, rust, and purple, but it often appears all dark, especially at a distance.


Flies with neck outstretched, sometimes drooping slightly. Juveniles are all dark below.

Adult (center) with White-faced Ibis

Large wading bird with a rich chestnut-colored body. The other 3 birds are White-faced Ibis—note they have white going all the way around the eye, bare pink facial skin, and reddish legs.


Found in freshwater marshes, saltmarshes, mudflats, mangroves, and flooded fields.

Recommended Citation

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: