Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Y is for Yellow-billed Stork


The Yellow-Billed Stork (Mycteria ibis) is called Nimmersatt in Germany, which roughly translates to always hungry/never full. It's native to Madagascar and southern Africa and roughly the size of a grey heron.

They feed on invertebrates, fish, amphibians - including bullfrogs. Yellow-billed storks feed in groups and they may stir up the water with one foot or follow big animals like hippos around, feeding on flushed prey. Here's a video of a huge group feeding.

They often nest together with ibises, herons, other stork species spoonbills and other birds. The nest is built in trees and after about 30 days, 2-4 chicks hatch. The chicks may stay in the nest, cared for by their parents, for as long as 55 days and will occasionally return to the nest even after that.

More Ys at ABC Wednesday and more birds at World Bird Wednesday

Sources and further reading:
Biodiversity Explorer

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