The Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is the only cosmopolitan species of the Threskiornithidae family (ibis and spoonbills) and among the most widely distributed bird species in the world. Nonetheless, no knowledge exists on the intraspecific phylogeny and very little is known about the (meta)populations dynamics. We aim to fill this and other gaps on the species by setting up a research network. In particular, we pursue a better understanding of the species which is also especially suitable to investigate ecological responses to abrupt environmental changes. These aims will be achieved by sharing information within the members of the network who will delineate the lines of investigation to address ecological and evolutionary questions.
A three-day workshop will be held in November 2017 at the Doñana Biological Park (South Spain), a marshland area of great importance for many migratory and sedentary bird species. This initiative is promoted by the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC), in collaboration with the Tour du Valat, the Biostatistiques et Biologie des Populations (CEFE-CNRS) and the IUCN Stork Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group. The workshop will assess and review the current knowledge of the Glossy ibis, promote the creation of the research network, and propose lines of research. Please see the short document below where the aim of the workshop and network are explained in more detail.