Animals of the world, Stork

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  • Storks occur mainly in Africa, Asia, and Europe
  • Storks range from about 60 cm to more than 150 cm (2 to 5 feet) in height
  • They are large, long-legged, long-necked wading birds with long, stout bills. The shape of the bills is linked to the diet of the different species
  • Storks are capable of making some sounds, although they do not do so often, some of them clatter their bills loudly when excited.  Bill-clattering is also an important mode of stork communication at the nest
  • Most storks are found in flocks except during the breeding season
  • They are fairly diverse in their habitat requirements. Some species are highly dependent on water and aquatic prey, but many other species are far less dependent on this habitat type. Preferred habitats include flooded grasslands, light woodland, marshes and paddy fields, wet meadows, river backwaters and ponds
  • Their nests are often very large and may be used for many years. Some nests have been known to grow to over two metres (six feet) in diameter and about three metres (ten feet) in depth
  • Most storks eat frogs, fish, insects, earthworms, and small birds or mammals
  • Many species are migratory
  • Storks tend to use gliding flight, which conserves energy.

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