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The Madagascar sacred ibis can be found wading through areas of shallow water within its habitat, the long, slender legs raising the body well above the water level (3). When feeding, the Madagascar sacred ibis extends its sinuous neck down to the water and uses its elongated bill to probe above or within the sediment for small invertebrates such as worms, snails and crustaceans (2) (3). It may also take small vertebrates such as frogs and reptiles (1). The Madagascar sacred ibis breeds in colonies, which are often found mixed amongst the breeding colonies of various heron species. The ibis constructs a small nest from twigs, in which it lays a clutch of two eggs. The nest is usually situated in a tree, although, on Aldabra, the Madagascar sacred ibis may also position its nest on the ground (2).

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