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Woolly-necked Stork

The Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It breeds in Africa, and also in Asia from India to Indonesia. It is a resident breeder in wetlands and trees.

It is a large bird, typically 33.5 inches tall. It is all black except for the woolly white neck and white lower belly. The upper parts are glossed dark green, and the breast and belly have a purple hue. Juvenile birds are duller versions of the adult. Its broad wings help it to soar and to move between thermal currents of hot air for sustained long distance flight. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched.

The Woolly-necked Stork is usually silent, but indulges in mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest. The large stick nest is built in a forest tree, and 2-5 eggs are normally laid. This bird walks slowly and steadily seeking its prey, which consists of frogs, lizards and large insects.

The large stick nest is built in a forest tree, and 2-5 eggs form the typical clutch. This stork is usually silent, but indulges in mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest.

Woolly-necked Stork


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