Other names; jabirú, jaburú, tuiuiú, tuim-de-papo-vermelho ("red-necked tuim", in Mato Grosso) and cauauá (in the Amazon Basin).
Found in the Americas from Mexico to Argentina, except west of the Andes. Most common in the Pantanal region of Brazil and the Easten Chaco region of Paraguay.
Measures up to 1.15 m in height.
The long beak is black, broad and slightly upturned, ending in a sharp point. The plumage is mostly white. The head and the upper neck is black and featherless. There is a red pouch at the base of the neck.