Whats in a name

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Subject: Whats in a name
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 22:40:26 +1000
Although the Jabiru has sometimes been placed in the genus Ephippiorhynchus with the Black-necked and Saddlebilled Storks it is considered to be morphologically between the Ephippiorhynchus storks and the Leptoptilos storks (Adjutant, Marabou etc.), although I would argue that it is much closer morphologically to the Leptoptilos storks. Its main similarity with the former is in its behaviour and feeding which may be convergent.

The argument for including it in the same genus as the Black-necked and Saddlebilled Storks is thin.

Greg Clancy

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