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The Glossy Ibis is a mid-sized, slender ibis with dark chestnut head, neck and shoulders. The rest of the plumage has a metallic purple or green sheen. Non-breeding plumage is duller.
Juveniles have a dull brown head and neck and generally duller plumage without the sheen of the adults.
Unlike herons, ibises fly with necks outstretched, their flight being graceful and often in V formation.
Sounds made by this rather quiet ibis include a variety of croaks and grunts, including a hoarse grrrr made when breeding.
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