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Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus


Marco Dragonetti, Xeno-canto


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

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