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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ciconiidae
Genus:Ciconia
Genus species:Ciconia episeopus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:75-91
Identification:The head and neck of the white-necked stork are woolly and white, except the forehead, which is blue/black. The belly is white, and the breast and upper parts are black. This stork has a white and black tail and a black bill with a red tip.
Habitat:Moist woodlands, coastal mudflats, lagoons, and exposed coral reefs
Diet:Carnivore: large insects, lizards, frogs, crabs, fish
Reproduction:White-necked storks breed from August to November. The male and female both incubate 3-5 eggs for 31 days. Fledging occurs by the time the chicks are 55 days old.
These birds are usually solitary or found in pairs.
Behavior:The white-necked stork is usually silent but reputed to utter harsh, raucous cry when nesting.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This stork attends grass fires to collect burned insects and reptiles.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa
Asia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Woolly-necked stork
long-legged wading bird
White-necked stork
Ciconia
Storks
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata