Exciting new specie for our Birdlist – Jabiru

The latest addition to our Western Caribbean Slope Birdlist, is a specie I have been hoping to see since I was a little girl. This bird is often seen in the nature documentaries of Latin American tropical birds, I am talking about the spectacular Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria).

Birding PanamaThe Jabiru is the biggest stork found in the Western Hemisphere. They can reach a hight of 131 cm (52 in) with a wingspan of 256 cm (102 in). It’s found from Mexico to Argentina. Besides its size, the best way to recognize this species is the entirely white plumage in flight with the bare black head and neck, and a pink or red ring around the lower part of the neck.

Panama BirdwatchingThe populations of this species in some countries of South and Central America are abundant, but the situation is completely different for countries like Panama, where the specie is vagrant. A vagrant species means the bird is hundreds of miles from its familiar territory, and that is what makes this observation a very special and exciting encounter.

2 thoughts on “Exciting new specie for our Birdlist – Jabiru

    • Hola Mark,
      Thanks for your comment, this find was spectacular indeed!, I still look the pictures and smile. I apologize for not putting the location in the blog post, I focused it on describing the specie. We saw this beauty in the Chiriqui Grande area. A few weeks ago I reported it in Xenornis (a Panamanian website to report rare bird observations in the country), in this link you can see the report:
      http://www.xenornis.com/2016/11/jabiru-in-chiriqui-grande-report-by.html
      Wish you some great holidays, best regards from Bocas del Toro!
      Natalia

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