Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

The Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is a medium-sized wading bird species belonging to the family Threskiornithidae. It is found in parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, and is known for its distinctive glossy purplish-black feathers.

Physical Characteristics:

The Glossy Ibis measures around 48-66 centimeters (19-26 inches) in length, with a wingspan of approximately 80-95 centimeters (31-37 inches). It has a long, curved bill, which it uses to probe for food in shallow water. The bird has a distinctive plumage, which includes iridescent purplish-black feathers and a long, curved bill.


The Glossy Ibis feeds primarily on aquatic invertebrates, such as insects, snails, and crustaceans. It also feeds on small fish, frogs, and other small animals.

Reproduction and Lifecycle:

The breeding season for the Glossy Ibis typically occurs between March and June, depending on the location. These birds breed in colonies in wetland habitats, such as marshes and swamps. They build a platform nest out of sticks and other vegetation, which they place in a tree or shrub above the water.

The female lays 2 to 4 eggs, which are incubated by both parents for around 21-24 days. After hatching, the chicks are fed and cared for by both parents until they are able to leave the nest at around 28-35 days old. The young birds become fully independent within a few weeks of fledging.

Conservation Status:

The Glossy Ibis is currently listed as a species of “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to its wide distribution and stable population. However, the bird could face potential threats from habitat loss due to wetland drainage and other human activities. Conservation efforts focus on habitat preservation, monitoring populations, and reducing disturbances to nesting sites to ensure the long-term survival of the species.

Updated: 20 April 2023 — 15:43

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