Tuesday, December 21, 2010

BELARUS ~BLack Stork~

Got a very nice and impressive big bird card, the Black Stork ...Only the White Stork can be found in Belgium! Both have bright red legs and bill, and look very similar except for their colors!

The Black Stork Ciconia nigra is a large wading bird .It is a widespread, but rare, species that breeds in the warmer parts of Europe, predominantly in central and eastern regions.
This is a large bird, nearly 1 m tall with a 1.8 m wingspan, weighing around 3 kilograms. It is all black except for the white belly and axillaries, and its red bill and legs. It walks slowly and steadily on the ground. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched. It has a rasping call, but rarely indulges in mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest.

Stork are joining the numbers of endangered species in many parts of the world.

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