First Breeding Record of White-faced Ibis for Alabama and a New Area of Plegadis Sympatry

Published in 1977

An unconfirmed report of White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) breeding on Cat Island, Alabama, during June, 1976, has appeared [J. R. Stewart, 1976, Regional Report (central Southern Region), American Birds 30:966 J . Such a record would be the first breeding record for the state and would be all the more significant, in that the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) also breeds on Cat Island (G. R. Gaston, 1976, Alabama Birdlife 24:14). The American Birds report is surprising in that at least 62 Plegadis (12 falcinellus and 50 chihi) are mentioned as breeding. Nonetheless, during Gaston’s and Johnson’s (1977, Northeast Gulf Science 1:14) extensive observation of the heronry there during the samee period, one of us (PCJ) saw only three pairs of Plegadis on a regular basis and only three Plegadis nests were found.

Author: Charles D. Duncan and Paul G. Johnson
Volume Number: 25 Year Published: 1977
Issue Number: 3-4
Page Number: 16

Link to article: 25 No. 3, 4_1977_p16.pdf
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