Woolly-necked Stork.. Where babies come from..

Woolly-necked Stork, Bishop Stork or White-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)

This is a widespread tropical species which breeds in Asia, from India to Indonesia, and also in Africa. It is a resident breeder in wetlands with trees. The large stick nest is built in a forest tree, and 2-5 eggs form the typical clutch. This stork is usually silent, but indulges in mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest.

The Woolly-necked Stork is a broad winged soaring bird, which relies on moving between thermals of hot air for sustained long distance flight. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched.

The Woolly-necked Stork walks slowly and steadily on the ground seeking its prey, which like that of most of its relatives, consists of amphibians, small reptiles and large insects. African birds are attracted to bush fires, and are often seen in the company of the Marabou stork and Secretary birds.

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22 thoughts on “Woolly-necked Stork.. Where babies come from..

  1. Storks I haven’t seen since I was a child – our county was famous for all the storks we had .. but now I never see one. There is an town in Austria outside Vienna, that has a stock nest on every roof .. amazing., Rust is the name of the town. That second last photo is my favorite ..

    • egotistical he is… actually I worried about him flying off and I stood ready for the capture… they all just ignored me so I got no flight photos…

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