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Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby Jay » Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:32 pm

Black Stork: Ciconia nigra


Afrikaans name: Grootswartooievaar

Size: large bird approx. 95-110cm

Description: apart from obvious colouring shown in photo, the black parts show up shiny green when catching the light.

Distribution: uncommon

Habitat: all permanent inland water, including the shallow areas of rivers as well as marches and mudflats.

Food: fish e.g. Catfish and mudfish, large insects

Breeding: they pair for life, breeding occurs from April-March

Sexes: are alike, juveniles are browner than adults with yellow colour legs and bill

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Unread postby Jose » Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:48 pm

Other names:
German: Schwarzstorch
French: Cigogne noire
Dutch: zwarte ooievaar

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Classification:
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Ciconia

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:57 am

Only saw one once before... From Olifants camp down below in the Olifants river. Beautifull bird!
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Unread postby gwendolen » Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:21 pm

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Unread postby mountainview » Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:37 pm

we saw one in the Tsende River between Tsendze and Mopani. It was a good close up view. I had seen them in Zim before in Hwange, where a couple of hundred birds gathered in the trees to roost.
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Unread postby TaraLB » Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:46 pm

Saw one at the Great Fish River Reserve at the hide. :) Got a photo somewhere...

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Re: Storks: Black Stork

Unread postby jb72 » Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:34 pm

Am I right in thinking this is a Black Stork ?
If I'm right this is a defninate first for me :dance:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby ice » Mon May 25, 2009 9:47 pm

a crane (filmed in KNP)? if so, which one?

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Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon May 25, 2009 10:08 pm

Look smore like a Black Stork, quite a decent sighting! :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby jacliz » Mon May 25, 2009 10:09 pm

You beat me to it by a minute RJ! :D
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Re: !!

Unread postby ice » Mon May 25, 2009 10:34 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:Look smore like a Black Stork, quite a decent sighting! :D


decent as in rare?

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Unread postby Scottm » Mon May 25, 2009 11:33 pm

Rusty Justy wrote:Look smore like a Black Stork, quite a decent sighting! :D


Could this not be an Abdim's Stork? The Pic is a frame-grab from a video, and as such, much is not too clear. Colour of lower back and rump cannot be seen; it could be argued that the bill colour (although not too clear) is greenish or grey rather than red, possibly an adolescent rather than full adult. The legs do not look red, also pointing to a juvenile of either species ... so Rusty, why do you say Black and not Abdim's, given that Abdim's is more common? Is this primarily because it is at water, or is there a more obvious, fundamental reason that I have missed? :huh:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon May 25, 2009 11:56 pm

ice wrote:decent as in rare?


Decent as in uncommon :lol:


Scottm....Good question, Abdim's is more common, in Summer though, with a few over wintering..They also are hardly seen singularly, not to say they arent, as I have a few times before....This all aside though, as its nothing to go on for the id......The habitat also inn't much to go on, as Abdims will often come to drink and bath, and use the open stretchs near the water to "tan"....They do however feed less on fish then Black Storks, but dont despise them entirely....It's The overall giss, that says black too me. The neck, and bill look to long for Abdim's, as well as the legs. Although not the best call to make, one would expect to see the black on the chest carry a bit lower on Abdims(IMO)....Does appear to be a young bird, but Black Storks still my bet. :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon May 25, 2009 11:58 pm

jacliz wrote:You beat me to it by a minute RJ! :D


Sorry :pray: :lol:
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