Abdim's Stork

Abdim's Stork

Abdim's Stork
Ciconia abdimii


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Ciconiiformes
FAMILY
Ciconiidae

Range

Eastern and southern Africa


Habitat

Grasslands, usually near water


Diet

Small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, and even carrion

Weight

2.8 lbs.

Size

3 ft. tall

Incubation

30-33 days

Clutch

2-5 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • The Abdim's stork is also known as the white-bellied stork.
  • They are loud, social birds that are sometimes spotted in huge flocks of up to 10,000 individuals.
  • Storks often defecate on their own legs in order to maintain their body temperature. The process has the same effect as sweat, which the human body secretes in order to cool itself.
  • These storks migrate north for the rainy season in spring. This annual arrival has earned them the nickname of "rain-bringers" in regions that depend on precipitation for their crops.
  • In some regions, Abdim's storks are known as "grasshopper birds," due to their taste for the critters.

 

Conservation

They are common throughout their range.

Least Concern

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