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Alternative name: Jabiru1

Nominate subspecies : M-left F-right
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, June-2017
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.

Female (yellow iris)- Ssp. australis
Photo © by Neil Fifer
Newcastle, Australia, May 2004


India to Southeast Asia, New Guinea and Australia



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.

Nominate subspecies : female and male in flight
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, March-2019


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  1. Not to be confused with Jabiru, Jabiru mycteria.
  2. 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/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)
  4. Wikipedia

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