Australian jabiru bird
beautiful large stork.
One of the most famous Australian birds, Ephippiorhynchus
is the largest
Australian wetland bird. It is the only species of Australian storks
and it is also called black-necked stork.
It is 1.4m
tall, mainly thanks to its long legs, and
has a wing-span longer than two metres. It has got a heavy, 30cm-long
black bill, a black-and-white body, and its head and neck are
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It is found in wetlands, swamps, floodplains and mudflats in northern
Australia. It feeds on large insects,
crustaceans, molluscs, fish, especially
eel, and reptiles like water pythons.
It is usually seen foraging alone or in
pairs. It may
form groups at
times when food is very abundant, but even then the individuals hunt
independently. They often share wetlands with many other interesting
Australian birds, and animals such as crocodiles.
Although they are mostly solitary when
couples and may roost in couples. They roost on the ground but usually
build their nest up in trees. Female lays 2-4 eggs in a large nest made
of sticks which is used year after year again. Both male and female
build the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the young. Once the young
are about one
month old they are left in the nest while the parents go foraging.
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