French: Cigogne maguari German: Maguaristorch Spanish: Cigüeña maguari
J. F. Gmelin
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).
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
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