Avifauna of Southern Africa - Storks

Avifauna of Southern Africa - Storks - Southern Africa : Group all Storks(Family: Ciconiidae) of Southern Africa together to facilitate identification. Storks are large, long-legged, long-necked wading birds with long, stout bills. They belong to the family Ciconiidae. They are the only family in the order C

Group all Storks(Family: Ciconiidae) of Southern Africa together to facilitate identification.

Storks are large, long-legged, long-necked wading birds with long, stout bills. They belong to the family Ciconiidae. They are the only family in the order Ciconiiformes, which was once much larger and held a number of families.

Storks dwell in many regions and tend to live in drier habitats than the closely related herons, spoonbills and ibises; they also lack the powder down that those groups use to clean off fish slime. Storks have no syrinx and are mute, giving no call; bill-clattering is an important mode of communication at the nest. Many species are migratory. Most storks eat frogs, fish, insects, earthworms, small birds and small mammals. There are nineteen living species of storks in six genera.

Various terms are used to refer to groups of storks, two frequently used ones being a muster of storks and a phalanx of storks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stork

06 Jan 2016
Shaun Swanepoel