All About Stork

The stork is of the class Aves, family Ciconiidae, order Ciconiiformes, and has about 19 species under 6 genera. You may be familiar with this bird that parents generally used in their story in how babies are made.

Physical characteristics

This bird has a large size with large beak, legs, neck, and wings. The height varies from 2 to 5 feet and their wingspan is 2.2 to 2.9 meters. The color of their wings varies, which can be brown, gray, white, or a combination of colors. The largest kind is the Marabou stork that weighs from 4.5 up to 8 kilograms. On the other hand, the smallest stork is the Abdim’s stork that has an average length of 81 centimeters or 32 inches. However, it is still considered as a large bird compared to others. So if you are planning to take a stork as a pet, you should be ready to feed it with tons of food. Think about using promo codes to get discounts and freebies to lessen your expenses.

The life span of stork ranges from 20 to 30 years. Its syrinx or vocal organ is not fully developed so it is voiceless or nearly so. When they are excited, they simply clatter their beaks loudly. In terms of flying, they flap their wings and soar alternately; plus, their legs are trailing and the neck is outstretched.

Storks are usually found in tropical regions like Africa, Asia, and Europe. In addition, they can also be found in Australia, Argentina, and U.S.

Different Kind of Storks

Storks are divided into six genera with a total of 19 species.

  • Mycteria

They are characterized with the long, tapered, and slightly decurved bill. The tip part is sensitive and is used for feeding in muddy water. The face usually has a bare-colored skin but during the breeding season, it becomes brighter.

  • Anastomus

They have an unusual bill with its deformed appearance due to an opening between the mandibles. However, it is fitting for their limited diet; they only eat apple snails. The lower mandible has a wide gap that is used to grip the shell of the snails.

These storks have a wide range of food so the large, fairly pointed, and straight bill is fitting. Some of these birds have broad and bright eye-ring or bare skin on the face. Some of the feathers on their back, neck, and wings are glossy green or purple.

  • Ephippiorhynchus

They generally eat fish that lives in the shallow water, so their bills are longer, pointed, and slightly upturned.

  • Jabiru

Out of all the storks, this genus has the largest species. Their heads and necks have only bare black skin; while the bases of their necks have a bright red collar.

  • Leptoptilos

Most of the preys of these storks are large, so their huge bills are very useful. Young and adult flamingos are usually eaten by Marabou. Like other storks, their face and neck don’t have any feathers but instead covered with bare skin that looks reddish.

 

4 Responses to “All About Stork”

  1. Amanda says:

    These cute little creatures!

  2. Alexander says:

    Storks are so cute!

  3. Philip says:

    I didn’t know this is there name, so cool information!

  4. I like it when individuals come together and share thoughts. Great blog, stick with it!

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