Glossy Ibis traced to Spain

In July 2008 a juvenile Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) was found in the South Oropouche Lagoon. The bird bore a leg ring with the alphanumeric code “6PW” and it was assumed that the bird was either South or North American in origin. However, with the aid of Mark Grantham and a bird ringing group based in Spain, it has been discovered that the ibis was actually ringed in close proximity to Donana National Park, Spain (approximately 6,000 km away) in June 2006.

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#1 Indra Narinesingh-Mahabir on 09.04.12 at 6:14 pm

This bird resembles two birds living near my house which is sorrounded by wetlands in the Caroni plain in Trinidad, West Indies. I saw several birds like this last year in the same place. This year again I am seeing two of them since around June. I cannot properly identify them since I have no training in this feild. I just love watching birds. I bought a book, but still cannot tell if it is the Glossy Ibis or the Western Reef Heron which is also not indigenous to these parts.

#2 Administrator on 09.04.12 at 8:24 pm

That sounds a lot like a Limpkin. Check out the photo of one here http://www.ttnaturelink.com/quick-guides/birds-trinidad-marshland-waterways-2.

Glossy Ibis is a possibility but they are rare while Western Reef Heron is extremely rare. Have you heard them make any sound? Limpkins are very loud birds.

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