Alternative name: Jabiru1
- Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
110–137 cm (43¼-54 in)
- Jet black head, neck, wing bar and tail
- Remaining plumage white
- Hefty black bill
- Bright red legs
Apart from the female having a yellow iris and the male's being brown, the sexes are identical.
Juveniles - light brown, white belly and dark legs.
There are 2 subspecies2:
- E. a. asiaticus:
- E. a. australis:
Marshes and wetlands in tropical lowland.
They build a stick nest in trees. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs.
The diet consists mostly of eels and catfish, and also includes turtles and their hatchlings, frogs and large insects, young birds, lizards and rodents.
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- Not to be confused with Jabiru, Jabiru mycteria.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Black-necked Stork. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 29 July 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Black-necked_Stork