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Plegadis falcinellus - estolMany Catalan birders remember that up to the decade of the 1990s, the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) was a rare species that showed up very irregularly in Catalonia. It was a time when the presence of one of these birds meant that birders would rush to watch it but across the las 20 years, the population of the Ebro Delta has experienced an almost exponential increase, particularly of winter birds. This changes has been quite similar to other wetlands of the Western Mediterranean. Nowadays the Glossy Ibis is a very representative bird of the Delta and if we rush to watch it’s simply because it’s a really beautiful and elegant bird that was a symbol of Egyptian gods more than 4.000 years ago.

Toni Curcó, Doctor of Biology from the University of Barcelona and in charge of the Area of Conservation and Research of the Natural Park, will go into detail of the results of the monitoring work of this species in the Delta, which is demonstrating not only that the population increases but also that their dispersive movements along their distribution area are very particular. Birders, photographers and nature lovers in general from Central and North Europe -where this species is absent- have the opportunity to observe at leisure the Glossy Ibis in the Delta, where flocks of hundreds of these birds welcome them.

Author: Ricard Losarcos