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Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus


The Glossy is a medium-sized, dark wading bird with a long, slightly curved bill. It weighs about 1.2 pounds and measure 23 inches, with a 36-inch wingspan. While it can appear very dark, it is actually a very colorful bird, especially when the light catches the vibrant green, purple and teal feathers on it's back and wings. The feathers on its breast and neck are brownish to reddish. During breeding season it appears more reddish and vibrant, with a light blue line around it's face.


Found along the east coast from Maine to Florida and the Gulf Coast to Texas. It is also found in Central and South America, Africa and other continents. It feeds in marshes, estuaries, coastal bays and other wetlands. It can often be seen feeding with white ibis or it's close cousin, the white-faced ibis. The white-faced ibis looks very similar, but has a red eye and is not as common.

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44 Comments (1–25)

DonnaBollenbach 10 years ago

Landmark, this bird was spotted in Florida and it seems your mission is for the North Eastern states. Thanks for the invite though.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

would you consider adding this to

Telse 10 years ago

Hip! Way to go Donna!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

Gorgeous colors.

iansboyd8 10 years ago

Beautiful colors!

ToshimiDowaki 10 years ago


Ajwerko 11 years ago

Beautiful photos!! Congratulations on your win.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

WOW! These color combinations are spectacular! Congratulations on National Geographic spotting of the week! Welcome to Project Noah!

Loslo64 11 years ago

That is the neatest description so far Punkus. Like it!

PunkusArnett 11 years ago

A very flashy wader! nice capture.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 11 years ago

Congrats! That's a great bird. Never heard of it before I saw these pics.

Great capture Donna,congrats om the National Geographic spotting of the week and thanks for sharing

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Fabulous capture, congratulations!

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

What amazing plumage! Congratulations to you Donna!

Arun 11 years ago

Awesome spotting .. cngrts !!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Need to observe again and again to check which shade of Rainbow is missing in this beauty's plumage..... Always love to see them within water...... beautiful spotting...

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 11 years ago

Great Photies, Im yet to see my first one, nicely done!

Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 11 years ago

I love all the photos, but the third photo with the large water droplet on the beak is really cool!

Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 11 years ago

Fantastic news about your National Geographic recognition. WOW! I saw this bird the other day. Very impressive. Congratulations.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Wow extraordinary Congratulations !

MayraSpringmann 11 years ago


NuwanChathuranga 11 years ago

Lovely pics, Congrats!!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Congrats! Very beautiful well deserved.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

Congratulations for this wonderful achievement.

YukoChartraw 11 years ago

Beautiful bird! Congratulations!

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 22, 2013
Submitted on Feb 22, 2013

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