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Black-necked Stork

(Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Alternate name(s): "Satin Stork"; MISNOMER: "Jabiru"
Aboriginal name(s): "korrorook", "monti"

Size: 1.1-1.3 m; wing span 1.9-2.2 m
Weight: 4.1 kg (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-necked Stork at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "australis"

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ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of an adult male Black-necked Stork; note the lilac cap that is not described in field guides (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Mudgeeraba, QLD, November 2015]

Spectacular near-lateral view of an adult male Black-necked Stork with its catch (photo courtesy of B. Kinross)
[Near Beachmere, QLD, June 2014]

Lateral view of an adult male Black-necked Stork (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Mudgeeraba, QLD, November 2015]

Lateral view of an adult male Black-necked Stork hunting in shallow water
[Urunga Head, NSW, August 2009]

Lateral view of an adult male Black-necked Stork (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Mudgeeraba, QLD, November 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a male Black-necked Stork in a partly overgrown farm dam (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Moree, NSW, May 2013]

Lateral view of a male Black-necked Stork in flight (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Moree, NSW, May 2013]

Male Black-necked Stork gliding in to go hunting
[Urunga Head, NSW, August 2009]

FEMALE

Close-up near-frontal view of an adult female Black-necked Stork (photo courtesy of B. Kinross)
[Near Beachmere, QLD, June 2014]

Near-dorsal view of an adult female Black-necked Stork (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Near Daintree, QLD, September 2008]

Pair of Black-necked Storks on the edge of a billabong (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kakadu NP, NT, November 2014]

Near-lateral view of an adult female Black-necked Stork in low, gliding flight (photo courtesy of B. Kinross)
[Near Beachmere, QLD, June 2014]

Black-necked Storks on the edge of a sandbank in shallow water
[Yarrie Lake, NSW, March 2014]

Black-necked Stork having a stretch
[Yarrie Lake, NSW, March 2014]

Distant view of a soaring adult Black-necked Stork (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Frontal view of an adult female Black-necked Stork in captivity (photo courtesy of J. Thurmer)

Near-lateral view of an adult female Black-necked Stork in captivity

Lateral view of an adult female Black-necked Stork in captivity (photo courtesy of J. Thurmer)

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of an immature Black-necked Stork (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Moree, NSW, October 2013]

Lateral view of an immature Black-necked Stork (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)
[Kakadu NP, NT, June 2011]

Near-dorsal view of an immature Black-necked Stork (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)
[Kakadu NP, NT, June 2011]

Dorsal view of an immature Black-necked Stork (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Lateral view of an immature Black-necked Stork just after takeoff; in this shot one can see the upperwing pattern
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, August 2012]

Lateral view of an immature Black-necked Stork in flight; in this shot one can see the underwing pattern
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, August 2012]

Lateral view of an immature Black-necked Stork in flight
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, August 2012]

Near-dorsal view of an immature Black-necked Stork in flight
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, August 2012]

Behaviour

Additional information

We have observed the hunting technique of a male Black-necked Stork, which is quite different to that of herons and egrets. There is a separate page with a detailed description.

Food, Diet

Black-necked Storks have a varied diet similar to that of egrets and herons. They prey on fish, frogs, crustaceans and snakes.

Spectacular lateral view of an adult male Black-necked Stork with its catch; for details of their hunting technique, click HERE (photo courtesy of B. Kinross)
[Near Beachmere, QLD, June 2014]

It appears that Black-necked Storks also take chicks of other bird species; Masked Lapwings certainly don't want them around...
[Near Wee Waa, NSW, August 2012]

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