Glossy Ibis

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).

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 01 August 2009
Scientific Name
Plegadis falcinellus
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Threskiornithidae
  • Plegadis
  • P. falcinellus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18.9 to 26 inches
31 to 41 inches
17.6 to 28.2 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Caraúna-de-cara-branca
Chinese (汉语) 彩鹮
Czech (Cesky) Ibis Hnědý
Danish (Dansk) Sort Ibis
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwarte Ibis
Finnish (Suomi) Pronssi-iibis
French (Français) Ibis Falcinelle
German (Deutsch) Sichler
Italian (Italiano) Mignattaio
Japanese (日本語) ブロンズトキ (Buronzutoki)
Norwegian (Norsk) Bronseibis
Polish (Polski) Ibis Kasztanowaty
Russian (русский язык) Каравайка
Spanish (Español) Morito Común
Swedish (Svenska) Bronsibis
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