The stork with the massive, slightly upturned black bill, bare black head and neck with a red band at the swollen base, and entire white body are one of the largest new world storks.
They like to wade into swamps, ponds, marshes, or rivers in search of food. Jabiru is found from Mexico to Argentina and does not migrate. They enjoy heavy meals of fish, mollusks, and small animals. They sometimes go to fishing parties with other Jabiru friends and occasionally steal food from neighbors during dry seasons.
Their huge nests are reused and enlarged every consecutive year. They don’t like to be disturbed near their nesting sites.
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- The red skin swells like a bladder when a bird gets wounded, enraged, or even excited, changing color to intensely scarlet.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No