New York Natural Heritage Program
Glossy Ibis
Plegadis falcinellus (Linnaeus, 1766)

New York State Distribution [-]
In New York, Glossy Ibis have been observed breeding on the non-barrier and saltmarsh islands of southern Long Island as well as Gardiners Island and South Dumpling Island along Long Island's eastern shore, and islands around Staten Island and New York City. In 1999, nesting was observed on one of the Four Brothers Islands in southern Lake Champlain (McGowan and Corwin 2008; New York Natural Heritage Program 2009).

Global Distribution [-]
Glossy Ibis are found on every continent except for Antarctica. Its range is the most extensive of the ibis species. In North America their range is restricted to the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, breeding along the shoreline from Maine to Louisiana. Glossy Ibis also breeds in the Caribbean mainly on the islands of Cuba and Jamaica. Breeding has also been recorded on the shores of Mexico, Costa Rica, and Venezuela (Davis and Kricher 2000). Glossy Ibis winter along the east coast from southern North Carolina down through their southern breeding range and occasionally in the Bahamas and Panama. The greatest concentration of overwintering birds occurs in Florida (Davis and Kricher 2000, NatureServe 2009).
Best Places to See
• Gardiners Island (Suffolk County)
• Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Kings County)
• North and South Brother Islands (Bronx County)