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Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Rio Rico, Santa Cruz County

Glossy Ibis was only recently added to the official state list for Arizona when an adult was photographed near Arlington w. of Phoenix on 19 May, 2001. Since then, it’s been reported with documentation twice - near El Mirage s.w. of Phoenix in August 2001, and at the Avra Valley wastewater treatment plant w. of Tucson in August 2005. This Glossy Ibis, pending acceptance by the ABC, was digiscoped by Dave Stejskal near Rio Rico n. of Nogales on 23 April, 2006. Since this species is currently expanding its range in N. America, Arizona birders should be on the lookout for this species in flocks of the very similar White-faced Ibis (with which it is known to hybridize).




23 April 2006 photo by Dave Stejskal


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