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Jabiru Jabiru mycteria



Distinguishing Characteristics

135 cm. 6500 g. Large size. Bill black, heavy, sharp-pointed, slightly upturned. Head and neck bare, black except for red area at base of neck. Plumage entirely white. Legs black. Males and females are similar. Male: Red area at base of neck brighter. Female: Red area at base of neck paler. Immatures have head and neck covered with sparse grayish down, rest of plumage grayish, more or less mixed with white.

Similar Species

Word Stork (Mycteria americana) is smaller, bill curved downward and much black on wings and tail. All white herons are much smaller with the head and neck white.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: