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Black-necked Stork

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This wetland wader uses its long legs and neck to see and reach 360° and its sword-like bill to skewer its prey.

Description: Storks are very large birds with long, slender necks and legs. The Jabiru has a broad black stripe on its wings, head, neck and tail. The rest of the plumage is white. The legs are pale red and their black bill is long and pointed. The eye colour of females and males is different. Males are brown-eyed and females are yellow-eyed.

Diet: Black-necked Storks are carnivores and eat fish, frogs, large crustaceans and insects. Jabirus use their bills like swords to impale or snatch prey from the water.

In the wild: When looking for a mate, the male constructs a nest to try to attract a female. Breeding pairs stay together for a number of years, sometimes even for life. When the young hatch, they are naked and helpless and are taken care of by both parents for several weeks.

Threats: Habitat destruction through the filling in of wetlands and swamps is a threat to the Black-necked Stork population.

Did you know?

The name ‘Jabiru’ is not Aboriginal but Portuguese and is the same name for storks in South America and Africa.

Precinct
Australian Wetlands
Other name
Jabiru
Scientific name
Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
Conservation status
Near Threatened
Body length
110–130 cm
Class
Bird
Incubation
34–36 days
Number of eggs
2–4
Distribution
Northern and eastern Australia
Habitat
Tropical and warm temperate wetlands, lagoons and swamps
Region
Australia

Where you can find me

Where you can find me

Map of Perth Zoo highlighting the Australian Wetlands