Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis, Zwarte Ibis, Sichler, Ibis-preta, Morito Común

Spotted in the Alentejo region of Portugal.                                              Glossy Ibis sound

The Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is a wading bird in the Ibis family Threskiornithidae.

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis Birding Portugal
Glossy Ibis

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This is the most widespread ibis species, breeding in scattered sites in warm regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Atlantic and Caribbean region of the Americas. It is thought to have originated in the Old World and spread naturally from Africa to northern South America in the 19th century. This species is migratory; most European birds winter in Africa, and in North America birds from north of the Carolinas winter farther south. Birds from other populations may disperse widely outside the breeding season. While generally declining in Europe it has recently established a breeding colony in Southern Spain.

The Glossy Ibis nests colonially in trees, often with herons. It is also gregarious when feeding in marshy wetlands; it preys on fish, frogs and other water creatures, as well as occasionally on insects.


This species is 55–65 centimetres (22–26 in) long with an 88–105 centimetres (35–41 in) wingspan. 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.

Sounds made by this rather quiet ibis include a variety of croaks and grunts, including a hoarse grrrr made when breeding.

The Glossy Ibis is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Glossy Ibis Birding Portugal
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis Birding Portugal
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis Birding Portugal
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis Birding Portugal
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis Birding Portugal
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis Birding Portugal
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis Birding Portugal
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis Birding Portugal
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis Birding Portugal
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis Birdwatching Portugal
Glossy Ibis

Other synonyms:

Afrikaans: Glansibis
Asturian: Morín, Picambau
Azerbaijani: Qaranaz, Qaravay
Breton: An ibiz du
Catalan: Capó reial, Ibis negre
Catalan (Balears): Ibis negre
Czech: Ibis hnedý
Welsh: Chwibanogl ddu, Crymanbig ddu
Danish: Sort Ibis
German: Brauner Sichler, Braunsichler, Sichler
English: Eastern Glossy Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Northern Glossy Ibis
Spanish: Cigüeña Prieta, Coco Oscuro, Coco Prieto, Cuervillo, Ibis Brillante, Ibis cara oscura, ibis cara-oscura, Ibis Castaña, Ibis Lustroso, Ibis morito, Ibis Pico-de-hoz, Morito, Morito Común
Spanish (Colombia): Ibis Pico-de-hoz
Spanish (Costa Rica): Ibis morito
Spanish (Cuba): Coco Prieto
Spanish (Dominican Rep.): Coco Oscuro, Coco Prieto
Spanish (Mexico): ibis cara oscura, ibis cara-oscura, Ibis Lustroso
Spanish (Nicaragua): Ibis Brillante
Spanish (Paraguay): Cuervillo
Spanish (Uruguay): Cuervillo Común
Spanish (Venezuela): Corocoro Castaño
Estonian: Tõmmuiibis, tõmmuiibis (läikiibis), Tõmmuiibis, läikiibis
Basque: Beltzarana, Capó reial
Finnish: Mustaiibis, Pronssi-iibis
Faroese: Bognev, Svartur spóggvi
French: Ibis falcinelle, Ibis luisant
Irish: Íbis Niamhrach
Galician: Capó reial, Mazarico negro
Guarani: Karâu’i
Haitian Creole French: Ibis pechè
Croatian: Blistavi Ibis
Hungarian: Batla
Indonesian: Ibis hitam, Ibis Rokoroko
Icelandic: Bognefur
Italian: Mignattaio
Japanese: buronzutoki
Latin: Plegadis autumnalis, Plegadis falcinellus, Plegadis falcinellus falcinellus
Lithuanian: Rudasis ibis, Rudasis ibisas
Malagasy: Famakisifotra
Malay: Sekendi Kilat
Maltese: Velleran
Dutch: Zwarte Ibis
Norwegian: Bronseibis
Polish: Ibis kasztanowaty
Portuguese: ibis preto, Íbis-preta, Ibis-preto, Maçarico-preto
Portuguese (Brazil): Caraúna-de-cara-branca
Romansh: Ibis dal bec tort
Slovak: Ibis hnedý, ibisovec hnedý
Slovenian: plevica
Albanian: Kojliku i zi
Serbian: Crni ibis
Swedish: Bronsibis
Swahili: Kwarara Mweusi
Turkish: Çeltikçi, Parlak Ibis

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