Size: Wingspan, 122–140 cm, 230-280 cm across the wings
Group name: Flock
What does a Jabiru look like?
The Jabiru is the tallest flying bird found in South America and Central America, often standing around the same height as the flightless and much heavier American Rhea. The adult Jabiru is typically 122–140 cm, 230-280 cm across the wings, and weighs to 8 kg. The larger males may stand as tall as 1.5 m (5 feet). The beak, up to 30 cm (1 ft) long, is black and broad, slightly upturned, ending in a sharp point. The plumage is mostly white, but the head and upper neck are featherless and black, with a featherless red stretchable pouch at the base. The sexes are similar, although the female is usually smaller than the male. While it is an ungainly bird on the ground, the Jabiru is a powerful and graceful flier.
Where do Jabirus live?
The Jabiru is a large stork found in the Americas from Mexico to Argentina, except west of the Andes. It is most common in the Pantanal region of Brazil and the Eastern Chaco region of Paraguay. It is the only member of the genus Jabiru. The name comes from the Tupi-Guaraní language and means "swollen neck".
What does a Jabiru eat?
The Jabiru lives in large groups near rivers and ponds, and eats prodigious quantities of fish, molluscs, and amphibians. It will 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.
Did You Know this about jabiru's?
The Jabiru Stork is a very rare bird and is endangered throughout its range.
The name of the Jaribu comes from the Tupi-Guarani language and means "swollen neck".
A nickname for the Jabiru is "Garzon Soldier".
Jaribu's are graceful fliers.
A group of storks is called many things like; "a clatter of storks", "a filth of storks", "a muster of storks", "a phalanx of storks", and a "swoop of storks."
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