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Abdims Stork at Antwerp Zoo This is one of the smallest storks in the world. It often suddenly appears by the hundreds where there are insect plagues. Abdim's stork,Antwerpen,Ciconia abdimii Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Abdims Stork at Antwerp Zoo

This is one of the smallest storks in the world. It often suddenly appears by the hundreds where there are insect plagues.

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  1. Wonderful plumage...shame about the face! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Lol...you mean its ugly? Posted 5 years ago
      1. Noooooooo........yes!
        Rather like the Maribu stork, only a mother could love that face!
        Posted 5 years ago
        1. Yes, indeed this ugly bird has an uglier cousin:

          The marabou stork - Leptoptilos crumeniferus Smae place as the hamerkop. It was so great to walk between these guys :) Birds,Ethiopia,Geotagged,Leptoptilos crumeniferus,Marabou Stork
          Posted 5 years ago
          1. Now that is truly hideous. But as you said yourself, it has a kind of beauty in its ugliness. Posted 5 years ago

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The Abdim's stork, also known as white-bellied stork, is a black stork with grey legs, red knees and feet, grey bill and white underparts. It has red facial skin in front of eye and blue skin near the bill in breeding season. It is the smallest species of stork, at 73 cm and a weight of just over 1 kg . The female lays two to three eggs and is slightly smaller than the male.

The Abdim's stork is distributed to open habitats throughout Eastern Africa, from Ethiopia south to South.. more

Similar species: Storks, Ibis, Spoonbills
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Uploaded Aug 22, 2013. Captured Apr 27, 2013 14:52.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/6.3
  • 1/400s
  • ISO3600
  • 500mm