19 November 2010

The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

There are quite a number of bird species recorded in Tunisia.  Some of these are migratory birds whilst others are native.   In the Spring, it is possible to see The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) nesting high up on electricity pylons, on trees or on chimneys.   It is such a heartwarming sight.  This photograph was taken in the Spring, at the time I did not have a blog hence the reason why I am writing about it now. 

 Figure 1:  The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

"The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae, breeding in the warmer parts of Europe (north to Estonia), northwest Africa, and southwest Asia (east to southern Kazakhstan). It is a strong migrant, wintering mainly in tropical Africa, down to the south of South Africa, and also in the Indian subcontinent.

It is a huge bird, 100–125 cm (40–50 inches) tall, with a 155–200 cm (61–79 in) wingspan and a weight of 2.3–4.5 kg (5–10 lbs). It is completely white except for the black wing flight feathers, and its red bill and legs, which are black on juveniles. It walks slowly and steadily on the ground. Like all storks with the exception of the Leptoptilos genus, it flies with its neck outstretched.

White storks breed in open farmland areas with access to marshy wetlands, building a stick nest in trees, on buildings, or special platforms. Because it is viewed as bird of good luck, it is not persecuted, and often nests close to human habitation. In southern Europe, storks' nests can be seen on churches and other buildings. It often forms small colonies. Like most of its relatives, it feeds on fish, frogs and insects but also eats small reptiles, rodents and smaller birds.  The white stork is almost silent except for the noisy mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest."  This extract was taken from the following website:

A comprehensive list of the birds of Tunisia can be found on the following website:
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