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Black-Necked Stork

Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

Description:

Also known as the Jabiru, it is one of Australia's largest birds. It is a tall stork with a large black beak, the head, neck, and parts of the back and wings of this bird are iridescent shimmering with a green-blue-purple sheen and the rest of the bird is white. The legs are long and orange. Females of the species have bright yellow eyes and the males are brown-black. Juveniles are brown. Uses its sharp beak when stalking in shallow ponds to spear prey.

Habitat:

Wetlands, prefers freshwater environments, billabongs, swamps, shallow flood waters over grassland and dams. Found in North and South East Australia.

Notes:

This pair of Jabiru were spotted at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. A very beautiful bird with such beautiful colouring, and I love the piercing yellow eyes of the female.

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2 Comments

iamcherreymaiya
iamcherreymaiya 9 years ago

amazing hues!

ceherzog
ceherzog 10 years ago

Beautiful!

Shari_Wildlife
Spotted by
Shari_Wildlife

4558, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Apr 18, 2010
Submitted on Jun 20, 2011

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