Glossy Ibis

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

Scientific Name: Plegadis falcinellus
Malay Name: Sekendi Kilat Biasa
Chinese Name: 彩鹮

Range:
Found throughout most of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Central and North America. Populations from Asia and Australia may disperse widely outside the breeding season.

Taxonomy:
Monotypic.

Size: 55-65 cm

Identification:
Non-breeding adult has mostly uniform dark brownish plumage, white streaks on head and neck, green gloss on scapulars and upperwing-coverts and long down-curved bill. Adult in breeding plumage has glossed green forecrown and deep chestnut head, neck and body with no streaks. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult but duller.

Habitat: Mudflats and marshy wetlands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages mostly by wading in shallow water, probing in soft mud for food.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):

Photos:

External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Glossy Ibis)

References:
BirdLife International. (2019). Plegadis falcinellus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22697422A155528413.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.