Glossy ibis Plegadis falcinellus

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate:

Adult basic:


Similar species:

Curlews much smaller, brown above and white below, not black and iridescent. Immature White Ibis has a white belly. Adult White-faced Ibis is very similar but has red eye. In alternate plumage the White-faced Ibis has an even white band around the bare red facial skin while in basic plumage the gray facial skin is not encircled with white. Legs redder in alternate plumage on White-faced Ibis. Brown-eyed immatures can be identified by dull gray border to the facial skin.