Ciconiidae – Storks

Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) on nest by Nikhil Devasar

Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) on nest by Nikhil Devasar

Where the birds make their nests; The stork has her home in the fir trees. (Psalms 104:17 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – CICONIIFORMES, Family – Ciconiidae – Storks

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Species (19)

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)
Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)
African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus)
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)
Abdim’s Stork (Ciconia abdimii)
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)
Storm’s Stork (Ciconia stormi)
Maguari Stork (Ciconia maguari)
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana)
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)
Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria)
Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus)
Greater Adjutant (Leptoptilos dubius)
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer)


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Ciconiidae – Storks, openbills & adjutants – OBI
Storks (Ciconiidae)  – IBC
Stork – Wikipedia
Ciconiidae – Le quide ornitho

Lee feeding Wood Stork at Lake Morton by Dan Jan 2011

Lee feeding Wood Stork at Lake Morton by Dan Jan 2011

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 biological order Ciconiiformes, which was once much larger and held a number of families.

Storks occur in many regions of the world and tend to live in drier habitats than the 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 stork communication at the nest. Many species are migratory. Most storks eat frogs, fish, insects, earthworms, small birds and small mammals. There are 19 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.

Storks tend to use soaring, gliding flight, which conserves energy. Soaring requires thermal air currents. Ottomar Anschütz’s famous 1884 album of photographs of storks inspired the design of Otto Lilienthal’s experimental gliders of the late 19th century. Storks are heavy, with wide wingspans: the Marabou Stork, with a wingspan of 3.2 m (10.5 ft), joins the Andean Condor in having the widest wingspan of all living land birds. (Wikipedia with editing)

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