Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2006-24b

Common name:

Glossy Ibis

Scientific name: Plegadis falcinellus
Date: 6/18/06
Time:  8:10 p.m.
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Benson, UT--about 1/2 mile west of 3200 West on 3000 North
County: Cache
Distance to bird: 25 yards
Optical equipment: Pentax 8x42 and Pentax 10x42 binoculars, Bausch & Lomb Zoom Scope
Weather: Clear and Sunny
Light Conditions: Bright, good light (enhanced by the angle of the evening sun)
Description:        Size of bird: Similar to nearby white-faced ibises
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Similar to nearby white-faced ibises
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Long medium gray legs with pinkish red at and surrounding the knee joints.
Reddish brown body and neck with some irridescent highlights. Head was same color tone, but darker.
Wings were very irridescent with mostly dark green but some dark purple highlights.
Long, thick and decurved bill, brownish in color.
Facial skin in front of eye was dark brown, and outlined narrowly in a very, very pale blue.
The eye was very dark brown or black.
Song or call & method of delivery: Not heard
Behavior: The bird was feeding in a damp, grassy field with at least 125 (probably more) white-faced ibises. The entire flock was flying back and forth between two fields fairly close together along the south side of 3000 North.
Habitat: Damp, grassy field
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
White-faced ibis has reddish legs, red eye, and reddish facial skin bordered with white.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
We've seen Glossy Ibises a few times in Florida. We regularly see White-faced Ibises every year in Utah.
References consulted: Sibley; National Geographic
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Joel and Kathy Beyer
Observer's address: 1719 Hillcrest Avenue, Salt Lake CIty, UT 84106
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Ron Ryel, Melanie Spriggs, and Keith and Judy Archibald all saw a probable Glossy Ibis in this same area about two weeks earlier.
Date prepared: 7/24/06
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