Sunday, August 5, 2012

I'd Rather B Birdin': Storks

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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.

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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.

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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

Sources:
Wikipedia (German and English)
Arkive

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