Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-42

Common name:

Glossy Ibis

Scientific name: Plegadis falcinellus
Date: 5/17/13
Time: 4:55 PM
Length of time observed: Five minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Where 10400 West bends to 10420 West in Lehi, Utah
County: Utah
Distance to bird: 20 to 50 yards
Optical equipment: Cabela XT 8x42 binoculars
Weather: Mild
Light Conditions: Partly cloudy
Description:        Size of bird: Same size as White-faced Ibis next to it
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Same as White-faced Ibis next to it
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Blackish back and wings giving green iridescent sheen. Body showed typical Ibis colors.
(Description:)            Bill Type: long, decurved Ibis bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Facial skin was blue/black and there were thin whitish borders to the facial skin. The whitish lines ran from bill to eye. Iris was dark.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Foraging in wet field with 100+ White-faced Ibises. The bird picked and moved forward as it went, often without looking up.
Habitat: Wet open field surrounded by agricultural fields.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
The white-faced ibises showed red facial skin. Many had bold white feathers creating a bright border around the bill and eyes. Those birds with almost no white facial border still showed reddish facial skin.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
This was my first identification of a Glossy after sifting through thousands of White-faced Ibises
References consulted: Sibley app and UBRC photos of accepted birds
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Jeff Cooper
Observer's address: 3499 N 1270 W; Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 5/18
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