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Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) | by Steve Attwood
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Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

I could not get close to these beautiful birds for a better shot but I loved the glossy blue-black heads and their sheer size!

A tall long-necked wading bird in the stork family. It is a resident species across South and Southeast Asia with a disjunct population in Australia. It lives in wetland habitats to forage for a wide range of animal prey. Adult birds of both sexes have a heavy bill and are patterned in white and glossy blacks, but the sexes differ in the colour of the iris. In Australia, it is sometimes called a Jabiru although that name refers to a stork species found in the Americas. It is one of the few storks that is strongly territorial when feeding.

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Taken on October 20, 2011