yellow decurved bill; red eye patch; blue on head (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

Madagascar Ibis
Lophotibis cristata

Native Range: Africa (Madagascar)

Notes: endemic to the woodlands of Madagascar; eats mostly insects and other invertebrates as well as frogs, snails, and small reptiles; builds a platform nest of sticks onto which it usually lays three eggs; little sexual dimorphism.

chestnut breast, belly, and back; white sides (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

pink legs; white as well as blue head feathers (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

posing for a portrait (Zoo; 2008-10-21)

happily mated pair (Zoo; 2008-10-21)