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For the species Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus, see Black-necked Stork

Photo by Sylvester_b
Transpantaneira, Brazil, September 2004
Jabiru mycteria


A large bird at 1.5 m and weighing 8 kg (the female is smaller)

  • Mostly white plumage
  • Black, featherless upper neck
  • Red pouch at base of neck
  • Long, black, upturned bill

Sexes similar


Central and South America
Found from tropical southern Mexico through South America (Peru, Brazil and Paraguay) to north-eastern Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Near rivers and ponds.

Photo by Pantanal1
Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil



Diet includes fish, molluscs, and amphibians, occasionally eat reptiles and small mammals.


Colonial nesters. Both adults build the stick nest in tall trees in August and September. It is added to each year and becomes very large. The 2-5 which eggs are tended by both adults.

Photo by Sylvester_b
Brazil, September 2004


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Wikipedia

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