The glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
The glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is a wading bird in the ibis family Threskiornithidae.
Glossy ibises feed in very shallow water and nest in freshwater or brackish wetlands with tall dense stands of emergent vegetation such as reeds, papyrus or rushes) and low trees or bushes. They show a preference for marshes at the margins of lakes and rivers but can also be found at lagoons, flood-plains, wet meadows, swamps, reservoirs, sewage ponds, paddies and irrigated farmland. It is less commonly found in coastal locations such as estuaries, deltas, salt marshes and coastal lagoons. Preferred roosting sites are normally in large trees which may be distant from the feeding areas.
Planckendael is a branch of the Antwerp Zoo, the 3rd largest zoo in Europe in terms of number of species.
Established in 1956 as a refuge for sick and injured animals from Antwerp Zoo, Planckendael later developed as an animal park of its own right, almost as good as the Antwerp Zoo.
Planckendael now has hundreds of animal species from all five continents, including Asian
lions, snow leopards, cheetahs, Indian rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras, Bonobo apes, kangaroos, koalas and red pandas. The park extends on 42 hectares (104 acres).