Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

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.

 

Glossy Ibis drinking water from pond while standing.

 

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 standing in water showing off long legs with greenery in the background.

 

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.

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Aves

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Plegadis

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    falcinellus

  • height of animal icon
    Height

    48 - 61 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    Up to 500 grams

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Carnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    21 days