Plegadis – Glossy ibises

The most widespread of all ibises

This genus has a very widespread distribution and can easily be found in both the New world and the Old world countries, with the glossy ibis being the most widespread of all ibis species.

Ibises are diurnal and social, building their nests in groups. When they aren’t nesting, flocks of over 100 birds may travel together. These birds usually hunt in small groups when it’s cold or dry.

Glossy ibises are carnivores, favoring insects and aquatic animals the most. Aquatic beetles, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, crickets, flies, and caddisflies are some insects they eat. They also eat leeches, mollusks, crustaceans, and sometimes fish, amphibians, lizards, small snakes, and bird-nesting baby birds.