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Glossy Ibis
Plegadis falcinellus

Map of the common names

Unmistakable because is the only species in Europe with greenish-black plumage, long black legs and long curved bill. The size is bigest than 50 cm. Characteristic wetland species, breeding colonies are usually mixed with other herons. Birds may feed tens of kilometres from the breeding colonies. The Glossy Ibis feeds mainly on aquatic animals. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
During the twentieth century Glossy Ibis have disappeared from a large part of their former European breeding range and numbers have continued to decline in recent decades due to the destruction and degradation of wetlands (drainage and intensification of agriculture) and to the limited population. At present, the breeding population is estimated less than 100 pairs.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
50 / 100 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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