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Also known as a Black Curlew, up-close this ibis' feathers are an iridescent mix of chestnut, purple and green/blue.

Description: The Glossy Ibis has an olive-brown bill, reddish-brown body; brown eyes, legs and feet; and iridescent back and wings that appear black from a distance.

Diet: The Glossy Ibis is a carnivore and eats frogs, snails and aquatic insects. It uses its curved bill to dig through mud and collect prey.

Breeding: The Glossy Ibis breeds from early spring to mid-autumn. It builds its nest on/next to shallow water. Both parents care for the young.

Threats: Being a wetland bird, destruction of wetlands is a threat to the Glossy Ibis.

Did you Know?

During mating season, the Glossy Ibis’s plumage colour intensifies.

Precinct
Australian Wetlands
Other Name/s
Black Curlew
Scientific Name
Plegadis falcinellus
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Body Length
48–61 cm
Weight
485–580 g
Class
Bird
Incubation
25 days
Number of Eggs
3–6
Distribution
Australia, central and North America, Africa, southern Eurasia and New Guinea
Habitat
Wetlands, lakes and floodplains
Region
Africa, Asia, Australia
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