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Maguari Stork

From Opus

Photo © by Jamfaraco Lages-SC, Brazil, October 2006
Photo © by Jamfaraco
Lages-SC, Brazil, October 2006
Ciconia maguari


[edit] Identification

97–110 cm (38¼-43¼ in) witha wingspan of up to 4 feet

  • Reddish-orange orbital skin below the eye
  • Creamy/white iris
  • Forked tail
  • Long broad wings
  • Blue-grey bill on mature bird

[edit] Distribution

Tropical plains and marshes of South America east of the Andes: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

Photo © by Cristiano CrolleEsteros del Iberà, Argentina, August 2014
Photo © by Cristiano Crolle
Esteros del Iberà, Argentina, August 2014

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Marshy ground, savanna ponds, and cultivated fields in lowland areas near sea level.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They are opportunistic feeders, looking for the likes of frogs, tadpoles, fish, small aquatic rodents, crabs, and aquatic insects.

[edit] Breeding

They breed in loose colonies. The nest is constructed from sticks and is lined with grass. The clutch consists of2 to 4 eggs which are incubated for 29-32 days.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)
  4. TrekNature

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