Glossy Ibis – Florida Birds

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossy Ibis   (Plegadis falcinellus)

The Glossy Ibis wading bird as you can see from the picture has dark plumage, chestnut-bronze, and green and purple iridescent feathers which are more easily seen on a sunny day.  It has a long curved bill which is also dark in color which sets it apart from it’s white cousin which displays white feathers and an orange bill. They can often bee seen feeding for crayfish in freshwater marshes, swamps, and streams. According to the Audubon Society, the Glossy Ibis crossed the Atlantic from Africa to South American the 19th century and moved northward by way of the Caribbean. It is now distributed along the coastal regions from Maine to Texas. The Glossy Ibis also feeds on fiddler crabs, insects and the poisonous water moccasins in it’s fresh and salt water feeding habitats.I saw this Ibis along a slow moving drainage canal in Ft. Myers.

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