#ABArare – Jabiru – Texas

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On August 24, Dan Walker found and photographed an ABA Code 4 Jabiru in southern Victoria County, Texas. He reported the bird to the TEXBIRDS Facebook group. The bird was seen briefly, but disappeared into ditch in a nearby wet pasture and did not show itself again. It is possibly, even likely, that it is still in the area.

Photo: Dan Walker

Photo: Dan Walker

The specific location of the bird was near the intersection of HW 87 and FM 1090 (Lake Placedo Rd), just north of the Calhoun/Victoria county line. The location is just shy of 90 miles northeast of Corpus Christi and 140 miles southwest of Houston, Texas.

Jabiru is a dramatic neotropical stork that has ventured into the ABA Area about 14 times previous, almost exclusively in the late summer and associated with post-breeding dispersal during the dry season in southeastern Mexico into northern Central America. Most records come from Texas, but Jabiru has also been recorded in Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

For regular updates from those who seek to find the bird today, please see the ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook Group.

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