Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus

Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Near shore habitat, Lake Elementaita, Kenya. Dec 2015.

From Wikipedia: Breeding adults have reddish-brown bodies and shiny bottle-green wings. Non-breeders and juveniles have duller bodies. This species has a brownish bill, dark facial skin bordered above and below in blue-gray (non-breeding) to cobalt blue (breeding), and red-brown legs. Unlike herons, ibises fly with necks outstretched, their flight being graceful and often in V formation. It also has shiny feathers. Sounds made by this rather quiet ibis include a variety of croaks and grunts, including a hoarse grrrr made when breeding.

Threskiornithidae -- Ibis and Spoonbill Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, created 29 February 2016