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Black stork or Abdim´s stork

17 July 2015

 

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QUESTION:

What is the difference between the black stork and the Abdim´s stork?

 

ANSWER:

The black stork Ciconia nigra can be distinguished from Abdim´s stork on the basis of having a red bill and legs as opposed to greenish legs, pink shanks and a greenish bill in the latter. The black stork occurs widely in southern Africa but is absent in western Zambia. An isolated population breeds in South Africa but the rest do so in Europe and Asia. Its diet mostly consists of small fish, frogs and toads but it will on occasion also eat small mammals, bird nestlings, reptiles, caterpillars and freshwater snails. It will also shade the water with its wings to be able to spot prey better. The characteristically white breast that is spotted in black shows partially.

answer by Prof J du P Bothma

 

 

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