Check out Australia Zoo’s Glossy Ibis!
Introducing the smallest species of ibis on the planet, the glossy ibis! You can get up close to these beautiful birds right here in Australia Zoo’s Rainforest Aviary.
The glossy ibis inhabits swamps, mudflats and lakes throughout much of the Australian mainland. Unlike the most commonly recognised Australian white ibis, they are less frequently found in suburbia and, up close, these beautiful birds showcase a stunning, iridescent, reddish-brown plumage! They are the smallest of all species of ibis and predate upon insects, larvae, frogs, fish and small lizards.
Glossy ibis’ are often observed in small groups, known as colonies. They live harmoniously alongside many of Australia’s other waterbird species, even during breeding season! Habitat loss is the main threat facing the survival of their species.
48 - 61 centimetres
Up to 500 grams