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The White
Stork (Ciconia
ciconia) is a
large bird in
the stork
family Ciconiidae. Its plumage is
mainly white, with black on its
wings. Adults have long red legs and
long pointed red beaks, and measure
on average 100–115 cm (39–45 in)
from beak tip to end of tail, with a
155–215 cm (61–85 in) wingspan.
The two subspecies, which differ
slightly in size, breed in Europe
(north to Finland), northwestern
Africa, southwestern Asia (east to
southern Kazakhstan), and southern
Africa. The White Stork is a
long-distance migrant, wintering in
Africa from tropical Sub-Saharan
Africa to as far south as South
Africa, or on the Indian
subcontinent. A carnivore, the White
Stork eats a wide range of animal
prey, including insects, fish,
amphibians, reptiles, small mammals,
and small birds. It takes most of its
food from the ground, among low
vegetation, and from shallow water.
It is a monogamous breeder, but does
not pair for life. This conspicuous
bird has given rise to many legends
across its range, of which the
best-known is the story of babies
being brought by storks. (more...)
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