Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus

Armenian Name: Քաջահավ
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
Glossy Ibis

See Plate 5 for Glossy Ibis and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:55-65 cm, Wing Span:80-95 cm
Distribution Map: Map 23.
Description: Dark wading bird with long decurved bill. Flies with neck extended.
Adult (Breeding): Dark red-brown overall, glossed with purple and green.
Adult (Non-breeding): Head and neck dull brown to black, streaked with white.
Juvenile: Dull brown overall with faint greenish tint. Head and throat spotted with white.
Similar Species: In flight, similar to Great Cormorant but has long decurved bill and long legs extending beyond tail.
Behavior: Flies with rapid wingbeats alternating with long glides; flocks fly in wavering line or V-formation. Feeds by probing in mud and shallow water.
Habitat: Lakes, marshes, river banks, wet meadows, fish ponds.
Food: Worms, insects, crustaceans.
Nest: Colonial; platform in reedbeds or willows.
Eggs: 52 mm, 4-5, deep green-blue.