Sexes alike. Glossy black plumage; slender, blackish-green, down-curved beak; red warts on naked black head; white shoulder-patch; brick-red legs. The Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus is deep maroon-brown above, with purple-green gloss from head to lower back; feathered head and lack of white shoulder-patch distinctive. Small parties; spends most time on the drier edges of marshes and jheels; when feeding in shallow water, often feeds along with other ibises, storks, spoonbills.
cultivated areas; edges of marshes.
small fish, frogs, earthworms, insects, lizards, crustaceans.
resident; NW India, east through Gangetic plains; south to Karnataka.
loud 2- to 3-note nasal screams, uttered in flight.