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.