Skip navigation

The Maguari is a species of stork in the Ciconiidae family. It is found in Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, Argentina, and Venezuela. It is a vagrant to Chile, Trinidad, the Falkland Islands and probably Peru. Its natural habitats are temperate grassland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, swamps, and pastureland. It is about 110-120 cm in total length and has the plumage white, with the exception of the wings and upper tail-coverts, which are black. The naked spaces about the ear and the feet are red, while the bill is horn-color with a yellowish base. The tail is short and deeply forked, the feathers being very rigid, while the lower coverts are elongated, extending beyond the true tail, and stiffened so as to resemble the true tail-feathers. The average body mass for male bird is 4.2 kg. Females are lighter, around 3.8 kg. These birds prey on mice, snakes, and toads, but also frequently visit the cultivated fields in quest of food. Where mice or frogs are exceptionally abundant, the storks often appear in large numbers, congregating by hundreds in the evening beside the water. In the daytime however, they scatter over the feeding ground. To rise they give three long jumps before committing themselves to the air, and like all heavy flyers make a loud noise with their wings.
La Cigüeña americana pertence a la familia de las Cicónidas. Se la halla en Uruguay, Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, la Guyana francesa, Guyana, Paraguay, Surinam, Argentina y Venezuela. Es visitante ocasional de Chile, Trinidad, Islas Malvinas y posiblemente Perú. Sus hábitats naturales son las praderas templadas, las pasturas subtropicales y tropicales ocasional o totalmente inundadas, pantanos y las tierras de pastoreo. Mide de 110 a 120 cm de largo y cuenta con un plumaje blanco; a excepción de las alas y el dorso que es negro. Las zonas desnudas alrededor del oído y las patas son rojas, mientras que el pico es amarronado con la base amarillenta. La cola es corta, rígida y bien bifurcada. Las plumas coverteras son más elongadas, extendiéndose más allá de la anterior y aparentando ser parte de la misma. El peso promedio de los machos es de 4.2 kg. Las hembras son un tanto más livianas – 3.8 kg. Estas aves se alimentan de ratones, serpientes y sapos pero frecuentemente visitan las plantaciones en busca de ratones. Donde éstos abundan las cigüeñas se congregan de a cientos; especialmente al caer la noche. Durante el día, sin embargo, se esparcen solitariamente. Para poder elevarse han de dar tres saltos y como el resto de las grandes voladoras, producen un gran ruido con el batir de sus alas.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: