Adult Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) in non-breeding plumage at Lowdam, Nottinghamshire - March 2014
OTHER NAMES: Black Curlew
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern
The Glossy Ibis is the only Ibis species which naturally occurs in the UK - it is an approximately mallard sized bird that arrives in this country as a vagrant, although increasingly so. It seems to settle in marshland and wet meadows where it probes the ground with its long curved beak. It is a cosmopolitan species, found on every continent but declining across Europe - apparently the British individuals are from Spain, one of the few places where the population is increasing.
Subspecies: None - monotypic
UNITED KINGDOM - A regular vagrant, getting increasingly common
- A single vagrant bird seen at Lowdam seen in March 2014.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List