Key information: The Glossy Ibis can be seen resting and feeding at wetlands or flying in small flocks as it migrates along the coast. It is an impressive bird, with iridescent brown, purple and green plumage. A small number breed in Cyprus. It uses its long, curved bill to open holes in the ground and find food.
Length: 55 – 65 cm
Habitat: Wetlands, coastal areas
When they can be seen: Autumn, spring, summer
What they eat: Fish and other aquatic organisms, reptiles
In Cyprus: Can be seen at wetlands, such as Oroklini Lake, Akrotiri Marsh and Larnaka Salt Lakes
Status: Passage migrant
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis