29 November, 2010


Scientific Name: Jabiru mycteria

Population Estimate: 10K-25K, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Locally common in parts of the Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala. Resident down through South America with largest populations in Brazil and Paraguay. Prefers wetlands and seasonally flooded grasslands.

Field Notes: The largest flying bird in the Americas, males can stand 1.5m. Unmistakable.

Personal Notes: We were fortunate to witness this breeding pair constructing a nest at Aquacate in Belize. There had not been been a breeding pair at this site for several years.

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