Adbdim's stork in exhibit

Abdim’s Stork

Scientific Name
Ciconia abdimii
Eastern and southern Africa
Open grasslands and dry zones
Estimated Wild Population
Abdim's stork in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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Abdim’s storks are long-limbed birds with black feathers accented by white portions under their wings. They have a blue face with a bright red patch around each eye. Among the smallest storks, these birds still stand nearly three feet tall, although females are slightly smaller than males. In some regions, Abdim’s storks are known as “grasshopper birds” due to their pechant for eating grasshoppers. They also eat locusts, caterpillars, small reptiles, amphibians, mice, crabs, and eggs.

Did You Know?

  • Abdim’s storks congregate in large flocks of up to 10,000 birds.
  • In spring, they migrate north to follow the rain, earning them the nickname “rain-bringers.”
  • Like other storks, these birds defecate on their own legs, which helps them maintain body temperature via evaporative cooling.
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