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Glossy Ibis Bird in Goalpara Urpat Beel

By Vishma Thapa

The glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is a wading bird belonging to the ibis family Threskiornithidae. This ibis species is a migratory bird. These ibis species are medium sized birds, measuring 45 to 65 cm in length and weighing 350 to 900 grams. Their wingspan is 80 to 90 cm. They have reddish-brown bodies and shiny bottle-green wings. Their leg color varies from very dark brown to olive-grey. They have a long curved bill and the bill color is brownish grey.

These birds inhabit shallow lakes, swamps, lagoons, ponds, rivers, floodplains, wet meadows and rice fields. They feed on fish, amphibians, lizards, small snakes, insects, molluscs and crustaceans. They breed during April to June and nest on trees. The Glossy Ibis is a weeding bird in the Ibis Family Threskiornithdae. The scientific name derived from Ancient Greek Plegados and Latin,Falcis,both meaning sickle and referring to the distinctive of the bill.

Scientific Name-plegaris Falcinellus. Although the Glossy Ibis in North America lives primary along the Atlantic Cost .It is also found in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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