Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2008-26

Common name:

Glossy Ibis

Scientific name: Plegadis falcinellus
Date: 08-14-08
Time: 10:00am
Length of time observed: Less than 1 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: unknown
Location: Kennecott Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve
County: Salt Lake
Elevation: 4200'
Distance to bird: 20-30'
Optical equipment: 10x42 optics, 400mm camera lens
Weather: Sunny and Clear
Light Conditions: Bright morning sunlight
Description:        Size of bird: Fairly large
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Ibis-shaped
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Shiny Maroon, green, brown
(Description:)            Bill Type: Long downcurved bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Basically identical to White-faced Ibis in overall plumage.  Both Plegadis Ibis are unmistakable in overall glossy color pattern.

This bird had a brownish down-curved bill, with an obvious bluish patch of facial skin,  bordered on the top and bottom by a thin pale line.  The bird had a dark eye with no hint of red. I would guess it was a molting adult bird as there was some speckled feathering on the head and neck, but not a whole lot.

The bird flew by twice before landing in a field with tall grass to feed. 
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: flying
Habitat: freshwater marsh
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
White-faced Ibis - I believe the lack of any red in the eye is a good indicator that this is not only not a hybrid but not a WFIB either.  The brownish bill along with the facial skin color and pale border would also seem to eliminate WFIB or a hybrid.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Have seen a couple in Utah and numerous on the east coast.
References consulted: None
Description from: From memory
Observer: Tim Avery
Observer's address: Salt Lake City, Utah
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none
Date prepared: 09/15/08
Additional material: Photos
Additional Comments: