Jabiru Stork

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Jabiru Stork


The Jabiru Stork (Jabiru mycteria) is a large wading bird with a distinctive black neck and a massive bill. Native to Belize, these storks are known for their impressive size and striking appearance.

Interesting Facts

  • Scientific Name: Jabiru mycteria
  • Habitat: Inhabits wetlands, marshes, and rivers in Belize, demonstrating adaptability to aquatic environments.
  • Diet: Omnivores, feeding on fish, reptiles, and small mammals; important for wetland ecosystem balance.
  • Behavior: Often seen in pairs or small groups; known for their impressive nesting structures and courtship displays in Belize.

Fun Facts

  • The name of this bird comes from a Tupi–Guaraní language and means “swollen neck.”
  • The jabiru has the second-largest wingspan of birds in the Americas, after the Andean condor.
  • A Jabiru will loudly and rapidly clack its bill together several times to communicate with other storks, or to issue a threat

Conservation Efforts

Climate Change and habitat conversion threaten wetlands and associated habitats that are critical to the survival of Jabiru storks. One of their strongholds in Belize is the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, a protected area and Ramsar Site. Hundreds of storks and other wading and shorebirds can be seen congregating there during the peak of Belize’s “Dry Season.” as many other seasonally flooded environments dry up.

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