PORT PHILLIP BAY


Glossy Ibis 

Plegadis falcinellus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Ciconiiformes
Family:
Threskiornithidae
Genus:
Plegadis
Species:
falcinellus

General Description

Body uniform dark purple-brown to red-brown, wings have a green sheen. Bill long and curves downward. Young birds have narrow white streaks on their head and neck. Body up to 54 cm long.

Biology

These birds migrate from the north to Victoria for the summer. They arrive in September and depart in April. They are the smallest ibis species in Australia.

Habitat

Freshwater wetlands and swamps.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia, excluding Tasmania.

Species Group

Birds Ibises and spoonbills

Max Size

54 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Near Threatened
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 21 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7874

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