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Photo © by Jamfaraco
Lages-SC, Brazil, October 2006
Ciconia maguari


97–110 cm (38¼-43¼ in) witha wingspan of up to 4 feet

  • Reddish-orange orbital skin below the eye
  • Creamy/white iris
  • Forked tail
  • Long broad wings
  • Blue-grey bill on mature bird


Tropical plains and marshes of South America east of the Andes: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.


Photo © by Cristiano Crolle
Esteros del Iberà, Argentina, August 2014

This is a monotypic species[1].


Marshy ground, savanna ponds, and cultivated fields in lowland areas near sea level.



They are opportunistic feeders, looking for the likes of frogs, tadpoles, fish, small aquatic rodents, crabs, and aquatic insects.


They breed in loose colonies. The nest is constructed from sticks and is lined with grass. The clutch consists of2 to 4 eggs which are incubated for 29-32 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)
  4. TrekNature

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