Tuesday, January 17, 2012

World Bird Wednesday: Abdim's Stork

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(that's a stone next to it, not an egg)

Abdim's Storks (Ciconia abdimii) are native to much of southern Africa where they live on the veldt and open grasslands. They feed on insects and other invertebrates, but will also take carrion, frogs, lizards and small mammals. Watch a foraging bird. With a body length of only about 80cm, they are the smallest stork species.

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They are a welcome sight to the people of their habitat because of all the insects they eat, but they are also considered to be lucky and to bring rain. The reason for this is that the stork migrate north to use the rainy season for breeding. In German, they are also called Regenstorch, rain stork.

The species is not considered threatened. Natural predators include servals, who can easily jump as high as nine feet. Here's a video of a serval bringing down an Abdim's Stork after several failed attempts.

More birds at World Bird Wednesday

Photos were taken at London Zoo.

Sources and further reading:
Biodiversity Explorer
Internet Bird Collection
Wikipedia
Lincoln Park Zoo
Arkive.org

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