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Introducing spring messengers I – White Stork

2010.03.11
Introducing spring messengers I – White ...
White Storks are large wading bird. They can be even 100-125 cm tall, with a 155-200 cm wingspan and a weight of 2.3-4.5 kg. They are mostly white except for the black wing flight feathers. Storks have beautiful, eye catching  red bills and legs, which actually are black when they are young.

White Storks are large wading bird. They can be even 100-125 cm tall, with a 155-200 cm wingspan and a weight of 2.3-4.5 kg. They are mostly white except for the black wing flight feathers. Storks have beautiful, eye catching  red bills and legs, which actually are black when they are young.
Being a migratory species Storks winter mainly in tropical and southern Africa, some of them journey as far as Indian subcontinent. While traveling on great distances Storks rely on movement between thermals of hot air, which helps them to save a lot of energy.
The White Stork are almost silent except for the noisy mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest.
White Storks breed in open farmland areas, preferably near to wetlands. They build stick nests in trees, on buildings, or special platforms prepare by people. Storks feed mainly on insects, rodents, lizards, but also frogs and small birds. Most White Storks breed in central and eastern Europe.
Because they are viewed as bird of good luck, the are well treated by people and often nest close to human houses. According to superstitions, Storks are responsible for bringing babies to parents. Poles, Lithuanians and Ukrainians believe that Storks bring harmony to a family on whose property they nest. The White Stork is the national bird of Lithuania. It is also  the symbol of the city of Hague in the Netherlands.
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