The Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is a wading bird and a rare migrant to the lowland, marsh lands, paddy fields, tanks and lagoons of Sri Lanka. It’s preferred choice of cuisine includes worms, aquatic insects, frogs and such other small animals. The breeding season being from March to July and it builds a rather small nest with sticks on trees near water usually as colanies.


The Glossy Ibis is a regular winter migrant and as of 2017 is usually seen at many locations of the low country dry zone such as Bundala National Park, Kalametiya, Dembarawewa Tank, Nawadankulama and Anawilundawa. Although the bird is mostly unseen at Wilpattu National Park it was recently spotted on the 31st of January 2018 at Kokkari Willu in Wilpattu by one of Mahooras every own Mindaka Mahela.

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