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Glossy Ibis

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About the Glossy Ibis

The Glossy Ibis is a widespread species of ibis; it can be found on almost all continents. Glossy Ibises are thought to originate from the Old World and have spread naturally from Africa to South America sometime in the 19th century.

The Glossy Ibis nests in trees, often together with herons and other waders. The species tends to be nomadic. Northern breeding populations migrate to warmer climes outside of breeding.

As with many species having such a large natural range, the Glossy Ibis has a conservation status of Least Concern (as of September 2014).

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 01 August 2009
Scientific Name Plegadis falcinellus
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Threskiornithidae
  • Plegadis
  • P. falcinellus
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18.9 to 26 inches
31 to 41 inches
17.6 to 28.2 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East) Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Caraúna-de-cara-branca (Brazilian)
  • 彩鹮 (Chinese)
  • Ibis Hnědý (Czech)
  • Sort Ibis (Danish)
  • Zwarte Ibis (Dutch)
  • Pronssi-iibis (Finnish)
  • Ibis Falcinelle (French)
  • Sichler (German)
  • Mignattaio (Italian)
  • ブロンズトキ (Buronzutoki) (Japanese)
  • Bronseibis (Norwegian)
  • Ibis Kasztanowaty (Polish)
  • Каравайка (Russian)
  • Morito Común (Spanish)
  • Bronsibis (Swedish)