The Glossy Ibis is
virtually identical to its close relative, the White-faced
Ibis, and extreme care should be taken when trying to differentiate between
the two. However, while the White-faced Ibis can be common in parts of the
state (primarily the Northeast), the Glossy Ibis is normally only found near the
Gulf Coast and southern Atlantic Coast. "The Birds of South
2002) lists only a single sighting of this species within the state.
found in wetland habitats, including fresh- or salt-water marshes, estuaries,
shallow edges of lakes and ponds, and flooded lands. Generally nests
in trees and shrubs around water.
Diet: Large numbers of insects and
insect larvae are eaten, mostly aquatic insects, but some terrestrial.
When available, crayfish may be the primary diet item. Other items include
fish, frogs and toads, crustaceans, mollusks, leeches, and snakes.
Behavior: Forages by probing in mud for food as they wade. They
will also pick up visible items on water or land surfaces.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota.
Song: Low grunts, some
Migration: Birds in the northern part of its
normal range move southward in the winter. Those in more tropical
areas are year-round residents.
Conservation Status: North American populations have expanded dramatically in the
Whatbird.com: Glossy Ibis
Photo Information: June 23rd, 2005 --
Chincoteague, Virginia -- Terry Sohl
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