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The Black stork

22 July 2015

 

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The black stork Ciconia nigra was first described scientifically as Ardea nigra by Linnaeus in 1758 based on a specimen from Sweden which shows its wide distribution. As does its common name, the name nigra indicates its black upper colour because it is Latin for black.

It is an uncommon but fairly large stork with a height of 95 to 110 cm when standing, weighs around 2.8 kg and has a wingspan of up to 1.55 m. The sexes look alike but the male is larger than the female and has a longer, heavier and at times recurved bill. When in breeding plumage the head... (Become a subscriber for more)

 


Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean and P G Ryan (eds) 2005. Roberts – birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: The John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, pp 620 - 621.

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

 

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