Created 12-Jun-12
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The Jabiru is the tallest flying bird found in South America and has the second largest wingspan, after the Andean Condor. The adult Jabiru is 4-5 feet tall has up to a 9 ft wing span and can weigh 20 lb .The beak, which measures 9.8–14 in is black and broad, slightly upturned, ending in a sharp point. The plumage is mostly white, but the head and upper neck are featherless and black, with a featherless red stretchable pouch at the base. The sexes are similar in appearance but the male is larger, which can be noticeable when the sexes are together. While it can give the impression of being an ungainly bird on the ground, the Jabiru is a powerful and graceful flier.A nest of sticks is built by both parents around August–September on tall trees, and enlarged at each succeeding season growing to several meters in diameter. Nests are often deeper than they are wide, they can be up to 4 ft wide and 6ft deep.
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