Classification of Stork

Storks are from the family Ciconiidae and order Ciconiiformes; thus, they are closely related to flamingos, herons, and ibises. They have 19 species that are divided into 6 genera.

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The Six Genera

  1. Anastomus

These birds are commonly known as openbill stork because their large bills only meet at the tip. This physical characteristic is fitting for their restricted diet. They only eat apple snails from the genus Pila.

2. Ciconia

Most people are familiar with the white stork (Ciconia ciconia). We usually heard about them when we were kids because of the myth that they deliver babies in families. This genus also includes the smallest species of the stork: Abdim’s stork – which only measures around 75 to 80 centimeters and weighs 1 to 3 kilograms. However, it can still be considered as a large bird compared to other species.

3. Ephippiorhynchus

This is a small genus that includes only 2 species of storks: saddled-billed stork and black-necked stork. The saddled-billed stork can be found in sub-Saharan Africa and the black-necked storks are in tropical Asia. Their color is mainly black and white, while their bills are huge and colorful – primarily red and black. Both male and female have the same plumage; they only have different colors of the eye.


4. Jabiru

They are located in South America, from Mexico to Argentina but they are usually found in Paraguay and Pantanal region. They are considered as the largest bird in Central and South America because they grow up to 4.6 feet. Jabiru stork has a big, black, and slightly upturned bill. There is confusion with Jabiru bird in Australia because it’s really an Asian Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus).

5. Leptoptilos

This genus has the largest species: the Marabou stork – which can be found in the sub-Saharan Africa. Its height reaches up to 5 feet and the wingspan of 8.5 feet. The other two species are the adjutant (Leptoptilos dubius) and lesser adjutant (L. javanicus), which can be found in southern Asia.

6. Mycteria

There are four species of storks under this genus including wood stork, yellow-billed stork, painted stork, and milky stork. They are tropical storks that can be found in Americas, East Africa, and Asia.

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10 Responses to “Classification of Stork”

  1. Lovely says:

    We have a lot of storks at home and I think one of the is in Ephippiorhynchus classification.

  2. Grim says:

    I thought the pink one was a stork, it’s called flamingo.

  3. Kliff says:

    This is a sort of a project at school. I finally found the best classification.

  4. Harvey says:

    Stork are very strong fowls! I think they represent resiliency because of their ability to adapt to their environment fast. 🙂

  5. Elise says:

    Storks are very good looking birds. I wonder if they can survive the plethora of chemicals used by Monsanto LOL

  6. Jenna says:

    This bird is very famous because of cartoons depicting a baby delivery service.

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