Sunday, August 5, 2012

I'd Rather B Birdin': Storks

A black stork (Ciconia nigra) at Wildpark Eekholt, a zoo that keeps only animals native to Germany/Europe.

Black storks are a bit smaller than White Storks and a lot more shy, they also prefer to live in wooded areas, as long as water is present. They migrate to Africa and Asia for the winter.

The black stork was said to be a companion of Odin in Norse mythology and in Sweden, they are stil sometimes called Odinsvala, swallow of Odin. In contrast to the white stork, a bird usually seen as lucky, the black stork was often considered to bring bad luck.

A pair of white storks (Ciconia ciconia) nesting at Eekholt. The zoo keeps a number of captive storks, but there are also wild storks who raise their chicks there.

More birds at I'd Rather B Birdin

Wikipedia (German and English)

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