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Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Threskiornithidae
Subfamily: Threskiornithinae
Genus: Plegadis
Kaup, 1829

Plegadis chihi
Plegadis falcinellus
Plegadis ridgwayi


Plegadornis C. L. Brehm, 1855

Plegadis is a bird genus in the family Threskiornithidae. The genus name derives from Ancient Greek plegados, "sickle", referring to the distinctive shape of the bill.[1] Member species are found on every continent except Antarctica as well as a number of islands. The glossy ibis is easily the most widespread of the three species. Plegadis contains the following three species:

A further two fossil species have been placed in the genus:


  1. ^ Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 310. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4. 
  2. '^ Vanesa L. De Pietri (2013). "Interrelationships of the Threskiornithidae and the phylogenetic position of the Miocene ibis Plegadis' paganus from the Saint-Gérand-le-Puy area in central France". Ibis: The International Journal of Avian Science. 155 (3): 544–560. doi:10.1111/ibi.12062.