WHITE STORK

(Ciconia ciconia)

WHITE STORK

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The white stork (Ciconia ciconia) is an aquatic bird with long neck that lives in the warm regions of the world, near swamps and ponds.

CHARACTERISTICS
It cannot be confounded with any other bird: it has long legs, a red beak, white feathers, black on its wings. The differences between the sexes are almost absent: in general, the male is bigger (3,8 kg) than the female (3,3 kg).

BEHAVIOR
It builds its nest on roofs, chimneys or church spires. In autumn, the European storks fly in flock towards south, in Africa. In spring, they return to the same nest abandoned six months before. 

DIET
The white stork eats animals. It has a diversified diet which includes insects (locusts, crickets), larvae, earthworms, amphibians, small mammals (field mouse), snakes and lizards.

REPRODUCTION
The female lays 2-7 (3-4 in general) white eggs. During the hatching, brown spots may appear on the shell of the eggs. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs. Their change is preceded by a ritual accompanied by clattering. 

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CoMMENTS

maria @ 25/08/2015, 8:04
Mi-a placut foarte mult gradina zoologica din Sibiu pentru ca majoritatea animalelor sunt bine ingrijite, par a fi fericite si au mult spatiu verde, cu iarba, copaci, ca si cum ar fi in padure. Si nu stiu cum reusiti avand pretul de intrare doar 3 lei. Am vazut totusi cateva animalute care aveau spatiu mic si cam uratel (berzele si maimutele pareau a fi triste; pasarelele mici si reptilele aveau si ele spatiu foarte mic) - sper sa le faceti si pe ele fericite curand, asa cum am vazut ca sunt restul.
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