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.
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: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
Featured reports: May 2022
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
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 1 January 2023
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Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Glossy Ibis. Retrieved on September 24, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/glossy-ibis.