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Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus

Described by: Linnaeus (1766)
Alternate common name(s): None known by website authors
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Celery Fields, Sarasota County, Florida, USA - Nov 10, 2004 © William Hull  Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India - Feb, 2003 © Dave Behrens  Beebe Draw, Weld County, Colorado, USA - May 5, 2003 © Steve Messick  Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India - 2004 © Kees Bakker  USA - Date unknown © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi 
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Nearly Cosmopolitan; E. North America and ex. n. South America, s. Europe to c. Asia, c. and s. Africa, Madagascar, Oriental region and Australasian region;
Fragmented distribution;
Coastal e. and se. United States from New England s. to Florida w. along the Gulf coast to Lousiana and Arkansas, West Indies (Greater Antilles in Cuba, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico), Costa Rica, Panama, n. Venezuela (Aragua), Trinidad, nw. Africa (Morocco and Algeria), s. Europe (Portugal (Pera Marsh, Lagoa dos Salgados, Algarve), France, Italy, Austria, Yugoslavia, Greece (estuaries of the Acheloos River and Evinos River), Hungary (Hortobagy National Park), Bulgaria (Poda Lagoon on the Black Sea coast), Romania, Turkey, s. Russia), Israel (Hula Nature Reserve), Iraq, Iran (Caspian Sea), Turkestan, Kazakstan (Aral Sea to Lake Balkhash), nw. Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan (Sind), c. India (Uttar Pradesh e. to Assam and Manipur and s. to Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa), Bangladesh to s. Burma, se. China, Hainan, Cambodia, s. Vietnam (Mekong Delta). S. Mauritania, s. Mali, Niger, Ethiopia, Somalia, Zaire, Kenya (breeds near Garsen), Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, s. Angola, n. Namibia, South Africa, Madagascar. Disperses primarily to Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, n. and e. Botswana. Sumatra, e. Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, n. and s. Philippines (Luzon and Mindanao), s. New Guinea, Australia in w. and n. Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to c. South Australia.
North America n. of Mexican border
Summer: along coast locally from s. MAE, e. NHP, e. MAS, s. RID, s. CNT to se. NYK (Long Island), then more regularly from c. NJY, e. DEL, e. MYD, se. VIR, e. NCA (Cape Hatteras), e. SCA, c. to s. FLA, s. ALA and ex. se. LOU;
Winter: ex. se. NCA, e. SCA, se. GEO, FLA, s. ALA, s. MIS, s. LOU.
Disperses inland. Individuals encountered in the Great Lakes or Mississippi Valley may be either this species or the White-faced Ibis.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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