The Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is a wading bird in the ibis family Threskiornithidae. The scientific name derives from Ancient Greek plegados and Latin, falcis, both meaning “sickle” and referring to the distinctive shape of the bill.
Breeding adults have iridescent bronze and red-brown overall with a thin band of white feathers around the bare dark blue face (non-breeding) and cobalt blue (breeding), , long, down-curved, brownish bill. Non-breeders and juveniles have duller bodies. Unlike herons, ibises fly with necks outstretched, their flight being graceful and often in V formation. [Wikipedia]
A dark wading bird with a long, down-curved bill. Although the Glossy Ibis in North America lives primarily along the Atlantic Coast, it also can be found in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. [All About Birds]
Glossy Ibis Facts [All About Birds]
- The oldest recorded Glossy Ibis was at least 21 years o and lived in Virginia between 1971 and 1992.