Jabiru

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Common Name: Jabiru
Scientific Name: Jabiru mycteria

Size: 48 - 55 inches (122-140 cm)

Habitat: Central & South America; Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, and Paraguay. Found near rivers and ponds.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: 10,000 - 25,000

Diet: Fish, mollusks, and amphibians, occasionally eat reptiles and small mammals. It will even eat fresh carrion and dead fish, such as those that die during dry spells, and thus help maintain the quality of isolated bodies of water.

Nesting: The sexes are similar, although the female is usually smaller than the male. The nest of twigs is built by both parents around August–September on tall trees, and enlarged at each succeeding season growing to several meters in diameter. Half a dozen nests may be built in close proximity, sometimes among nests of herons and other birds. The parents take turns incubating the clutch of 2 to 5 white eggs.

Cool Facts: The name comes from the Tupi-Guaraní language and means "swollen neck". The name “Jabiru” has also been used for two other birds of a distinct genus: the Asian Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) is commonly called "Jabiru" in Australia as is the Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) of sub-Saharan Africa.


Found in Songbird ReMix Shorebirds Volume I

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