Abdim's stork

Ciconia abdimii

The Abdim's 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.
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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.
Abdim's Stork portrait Also known as the white-bellied stork Abdim's stork,Ciconia abdimii,african birds,african stork,bird,exotic birds,white-bellied stork


Among the smallest storks, this species is welcomed and protected by local African belief as a harbinger of rain and good luck. The name commemorates the Turkish Governor of Wadi Halfa in Sudan, Bey El-Arnaut Abdim.
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


The Abdim's stork is distributed to open habitats throughout Eastern Africa, from Ethiopia south to South Africa.
Abdim's stork - Ciconia abdimii Seen in Pairi Daiza, Sep 2016.
Interesting fact:
Even though they breed north of the equator, they like to spend the rest of their time in eastern and southern parts of Africa. Abdim's stork,Belgium,Ciconia abdimii,Geotagged,Summer


Widespread and common throughout its large range, the Abdim's stork is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is the subject of several nationally-coordinated breeding programs: in the United States, the plan for this species is administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and in Europe by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.
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Its diet consists mainly of locusts, caterpillars and other large insects, although the birds will also eat small reptiles, amphibians, mice, crabs and eggs.


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SpeciesC. abdimii