About the Jabiru

Also known as: American Jabiru, Jabiru Stork
The Jabiru is a large species of stork found in wetland habitats in parts of Central and South America. It is the tallest flying bird throughout its range.

Besides its large size, the Jabiru can be recognized by its all white body plumage, its featherless black head and neck, and the red pouch at the base of the neck.

Jabirus are carnivores, feeding on a wide variety of prey items, including fish and amphibians foraged in shallow water. They will also take bird eggs, fresh carrion, and small mammals.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 30 November 2018
Scientific Name
Jabiru mycteria
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Jabiru
  • J. mycteria
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
47 to 55 inches
90.5 to 110 inches
151.6 to 317.5 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Tuiuiú
Chinese (汉语) 裸颈鹳
Czech (Cesky) čáp jabiru
Danish (Dansk) Jabiru
Dutch (Nederlands) Jabiroe
Finnish (Suomi) jabiru
French (Français) Jabiru d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Jabiru
Italian (Italiano) Jabirù
Japanese (日本語) ズグロハゲコウ [zugurohagekou]
Norwegian (Norsk) Amerikastork
Polish (Polski) zabiru amerykanski
Portuguese (Português) Jaburu
Russian (русский язык) Бразильский ябиру
Spanish (Español) Jabirú Americano
Swedish (Svenska) jabirustork
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