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Maguari Stork Ciconia maguari


The Maguari Stork is the only member of its genus to occur in the New World, where it is completely restricted to the eastern two thirds of South America. A distinctive species, its large size, red legs and obviously black and white plumage make it unmistakable in its range. Though closely related to the highly migratory European and Oriental White Storks, the Maguari does not have migrations, but will wander widely based on rains and food availability. The Maguari Stork inhabits a variety of freshwater wetlands where it forages with its sharp eyes for prey items such as frogs, tadpoles, fish, eels, small rodents, snakes, and aquatic insects.

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Recommended Citation

Maguari Stork (Ciconia maguari), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: