Glossy Ibises

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The glossy ibis (plegadis falcinellus) is the most widespread Ibis species in the world inhabiting the warm regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. It likes wetlands, swamps, bottomlands, mangroves, flooded plains and fields, as well as freshwater and saltwater marshes.

The glossy ibis is a tactile forager eating mainly insects and crustaceans that is finds by probing with its long down-curved bill in shallow water and soft soil. It also eats some small fish, lizards, snakes and nestling birds. It also eats seeds like rice at times when it is plentiful.

They like to nest in wetlands with emergent vegetation like cattails, reeds, and bullrushes.

Three Point Stance

A glossy ibis forages along the Lake Apopka National Wildlife Drive in Orange County, Florida.

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Copper Searcher

A glossy ibis forages along the Lake Apopka National Wildlife Drive in Orange County, Florida.

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High Steppin

A glossy ibis forages along the Lake Apopka National Wildlife Drive in Orange County, Florida.

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Wings Spread

A glossy ibis forages along the Lake Apopka National Wildlife Drive in Orange County, Florida.

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Glossy Ibis In The Marsh

A glossy ibis wading in a marsh in Riverview, Florida.

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Copper And Green

A glossy ibis wades through a march in Riverview, Florida looking for a something to eat.

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Glossy Landing

A glossy ibis come in for a landing beside a ditch in Ruskin, Florida on a hot August 2016 summers day in Hillsborough County.

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Coppery Ibis

A glossy ibis walks along looking for a snack on a hot summers day in August of 2016 in Ruskin, Florida on the south end of Hillsborough County.

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Coppery Sheen

The sun highlights the sheen of this glossy ibises feathers as it searches for food in a small marshy area near Bishops Harbor in Manatee County's Rubonia, Florida on a hot summers day in 2016.

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Probing Mission

A glossy ibis searches for a morsel to eat in a marshy area off Bishop Harbors Road near Rubonia, Florida in Manatee County on a hot August 2016 day.

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Unattached Glossy

This adult non-breeding glossy ibis was feeding in a marshy area of Manatee County off Bishops Harbor Road in Ruboniz, Florida on a warm July summers day in 2016.

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Teenage Ibis

This juvenile glossy ibis was feeding in a marshy area of Manatee County off Bishops Harbor Road in Rubonia, Florida on a warm July summers day in 2016.

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