Stately pile

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - IN FOCUS -

Framed by the blos­som of a pink trum­pet tree is the tallest fly­ing bird in South Amer­ica. The jabiru stands at 1.4m, with a 2.8m wing­span (sec­ond on the con­ti­nent only to the con­dor). Those fe­males suit­ably wowed by the male’s nest of sticks will alight nearby, but can of­ten be re­jected by their picky po­ten­tial part­ners. When a cou­ple do hit it off, they will go on titi­vat­ing the nest – just as well, as it needs to sup­port up to five whop­ping young­sters.

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