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Free images of Birds - Storks

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Storks are large, long-legged wading birds.  They typically have long necks and long bills.  They live in drier habitats than their closely related herons, spoonbills and ibises.  There are 19 living species of stork.

Did you know...

that storks are mute and communication by clattering their bills?

Storks are gregarious and colonial breeders.  A group of storks is called a "muster" or a "phalanx".  They build their nests in trees.  

 

 

Where do Babies Come From?

The European white stork (Ciconia ciconia) is one of the most recognizable birds.  It is pure white except for black flight feathers, a bright red bill and legs.  It has been a part of many symbols in multiple cultures including Egypt, Greece, China and Israel.  They sometimes represent fertility, springtime and good luck.  In Roman times and in the Netherlands, if a stork built a nest on your roof, it was seen as a blessing.

According to European folklore, storks are responsible for bringing babies to new parents.  The ancient legend was made popular by Hans Christian Andersen's 1838 fairy tale "The Storks".  German folklore said that storks found babies in caves and brought them to families wanting children.  To signify that a child was wanted, parents would place sweets for the stork on a window sill.  Storks would carry babies in a basket, in their beaks, or on their backs and given them to the mother or drop them down the chimney.

Since storks are migratory, their leaving and returning 9 months later coincides with the baby delivery story.

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Leptoptilos crumenifer - Marabou Stork

This species of stork lives in both wet and arid habitats.  It prefers savannas and grasslands, but must be within flying range of an aquatic habitat where fish are stranded.  

This poor creature has been named one of the ugliest animals.  It is sometimes called the "undertaker" bird because from behind it looks like a funeral representative with a black cloak, skinny legs and a tuft of white hair.  Birds stand over five feet tall and have a wingspan of more than 10 feet.

This bird is a scavenger and often eats with vultures.  Its diet consists of carrion (flesh of dead animals), scraps and just about any animal that it can swallow.

Range:  Sub-Saharan Africa.
Class:  Aves
Order:  Ciconiiformes

 

Marabou Stork Leptoptilos crumenifer

Toronto Zoo Marabou Stork - 1

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Marabou Stork on one leg

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Marabou Stork sitting looking like undertaker.

Toronto Zoo Marabou Stork - 3
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Back of Marabou Stork sitting.

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Mycteria americana -  Wood Stork

Not a particularly pretty bird, the Wood Stork is another wading bird in the Ciconiidae stork family.  It used to be called the "Wood Ibis", not to be confused with the White Ibis.  The Wood Stork is a subtropical and tropical species breeding in South and Central America including the Caribbean.  They can be identified by their featherless heads.

  Did you know....

that Wood Storks fish by opening their bills under the water and wait for fish to pass by.  They snap their bills shut and capture their prey.

Range:  South & Central America and the Caribbean.  The only breeding stork in the United States.
Class:  Aves
Order:  Ciconiiformes

 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great site
where you can hear what various birds sound like. (Linked with permission)

Click here to hear the calls of a colony of Wood Stork.

Wood Stork

Wood Stork - 1 (Photographed in Florida)

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Wood stork with bill open.

Wood Stork - 2 (Photographed in Florida)

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"The reason birds can fly and we can't 
is simply because 
they have perfect faith, 
for to have faith 
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Did you know....

There are about 10000 species of birds in the world!

Birds have hollow bones which help them to fly!

 

 

Did you know....

Hummingbirds can fly backwards!

The smallest egg comes from a hummingbird and is the size of a pea.  The largest comes from an ostrich and is the size of a cantaloupe.

 

 

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The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but cannot fly!

Males of most bird species are more colourful with beautiful feather shapes!

 

 

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Mocking birds can imitate sounds!

Herons & Egrets were killed by the thousands so that their feathers cold be used to decorate women's hats!

 

 

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Barn owls swallow their prey whole.  After digestion, they cough up the prey's bones & fur!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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