Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-59

Common name:

Glossy Ibis

Scientific name: Plegadis falcinellus
Date: 7/6/13
Time: 3:30 PM
Length of time observed: 15 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Crawford Mountain Road
County: Rich
Distance to bird: 30-40 yard initially. Also seen at about 80 yards
Optical equipment: Cabela XT 8x42 binoculars
Weather: 80 or so degrees and clear skies
Light Conditions: Sunny
Description:        Size of bird: Same size as White-faced Ibis next to it
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Same as White-faced Ibis next to it. See photos
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: See photos
(Description:)            Bill Type: See photos
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Darker facial skin than the red seen on White-faced Ibises. Two powder blue lines bordering facial skin, running from base of bill back to eye. See photos.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Foraging in wetland along with White-faced Ibises.
Habitat: Wetland
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
White-faced Ibises had red facial skin and thicker white lines running from base of bill back to and behind eye. The glossy had powder blue lines which went back to eye, not behind it.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I've seen several Glossy Ibises before. I've scanned thousands of White-faced Ibises.
References consulted: Sibley Guide
Description from: From photo(s) 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: Mark Stackhouse, Rachel LeBlanc, Chris Erickson, Scott Erickson, Laurie ??, Joanna ??, Terry ??
Date prepared: 7/7/13
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: Photos are being emailed to Milt Moody. Full names of other observers will be provided when obtained.