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Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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FAMILY BIRDS

Ciconiidae

A family of storks: wading birds with distinctively long legs, bills and necks. Can easily be spotted hunting in shallow water of flying relatively low around lakes and riverbanks.

 


Jabiru

Jabiru mycteria

Jabiru

Jabiru

Appearance:

  • The tallest flying bird in South America.
  • The adult is 120 to 140cm long and can weigh 4.3 to 9kg. Some can grow to 1.53m tall.
  • The beak, which is 25 to 35 cm, is black and broad and slightly upturned. It ends in a sharp point.
  • Plumage is mostly white, but the head and upper neck are featherless and black, with a featherless red stretchable pouch at the base – hence the name, which means swollen neck.

Behaviour:

  • Diet is mostly fish, molluscs, insects, and amphibians.
  • They can eat carrion and dead fish which improves water quality.
  • They hunt using tactile sensation rather than vision.
  • The stork will pull its victim from the water, then throw its head back to swallow the prey.
  • Breeding pairs flap their wings in a courtship ritual.

Voice:

  • They are not highly vocal. Instead they clatter their beaks to communicate.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • Jabiru are active during the day and are usually to be seen in groups.
  • Nests are usually some 15 to 30m above ground in isolated, tall trees.
  • See them flying over rivers quite frequently.
  • Best place to spot them is walking on river banks in the early morning or late afternoon.

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