The White Stork

When you say the word ‘stork’, most people automatically think about the white stork. But did you know that there are two sub-species of it? There is the European White Stork that can be found in Europe and the African White Stork lives in the northwest and southern Africa.

Moreover, there are 19 species of stork under the six genera. Its scientific name is Ciconia ciconia and it belongs to the order Ciconiidae together with birds like herons, hammerheads, and vultures.

Maybe they are famous because most of us were taught that storks deliver babies to families.

Physical Appearance

The white stork has a majestic appearance due to its size and color. It is a large bird that has a white plumage and black wings. It measures 39 to 45 inches from the tip of its beak up to the end of its tail. The wingspan ranges from 77 up to 85 inches and it weighs 2.5 to 4.4 kilograms.

It has long red beak and legs, slender neck, and partially webbed feet. For catching food, they use their blunt and nail-like claws. Around its eyes, you will find black skin. Determining the gender of a white stork can be difficult since the male and female are identical with each other. Males are only slightly larger and they have long feathers on their chest that form a ruff during courtship.

Diet

White storks are diurnal, which means that they are active during the day. You can mostly found them near farmlands, grassy meadows, and shallow wetlands because of their food source. They are known to be carnivores and some of the animals that they eat are amphibians, fishes, frogs, insects, lizards, small mammals, small birds, snakes, and other reptiles. Sometimes, it can be enviable that animals don’t need to worry about expenses and using coupon codes to save money. They don’t need money to buy food but instead hunt in the wild.

Myth of Delivering Babies

The most common answer of parents to their young children about where babies came from is the white storks. Thus, it is not surprising that they’re the most famous kind of stork.  Here are some of the beliefs why white storks are associated with delivering babies:

  • In Greek mythology, Hera turned one of her rivals into a stork. As part of this woman’s revenge, she planned to steal her son. Thus, storks are associated with stealing babies.
  • In Rome, having a nest on the roof of your home means that you received the blessing of never-ending love from the goddess Venus.
  • In Germany, it is believed that storks bring good luck.
  • In Norse mythology, the stork is a symbol of family values and commitment.

3 Responses to “The White Stork”

  1. Luna says:

    I was thinking they only eat fish, I felt weird.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    All these animals are so lovable.

  3. Anton says:

    I love the last image. I think this was taken from an animated movie about storks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *