Family Storks (Ciconiidae)

Least Concern

Maguari Stork (Ciconia maguari)


French: Cigogne maguari German: Maguaristorch Spanish: Cigüeña maguari

Ardea Maguari

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

north-eastern Brazil


Formerly placed in monospecific genus Euxenura. Specific name galeata older than maguari, but indeterminable. Monotypic.


E of Andes in E Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, N Brazil (Roraima, Amapá, Pará) and C Brazil (Mato Grosso) and E Bolivia S to Uruguay and C Argentina (Río Negro).

Descriptive notes

97–110 cm; male 4200 g (mean), female 3800 g (mean). Male larger with slightly longer bill. Red orbital skin and creamy-white iris; tail forked. Immature similar to... read more


Usually silent. Rarely a wheezy, bisyllabic whistling during up-down display, hoarser and lower-... read more


Typical of open country in lowland regions, avoiding forested areas. It forages in a diversity of... read more

Food and feeding

Opportunistic. Forages in very shallow water for frogs and tadpoles, fish, especially eels, small aquatic rodents, snakes, crabs and... read more


Breeds in Jun–Nov in the llanos, Aug–Oct in S Brazil. Loosely colonial, usually breeding in clusters of 5–... read more


Little known. At breeding grounds in Venezuela birds arrive Mar–May, probably depending on... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). The global population is estimated by Wetlands International at 50,000–100,000 individuals. It appears to be most numerous in... read more

Recommended citation

Elliott, A., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Maguari Stork (Ciconia maguari). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 February 2020).