Wild life and nature of Samos, Ikaria & Fournoi

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Birds

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

Description

The White Stork has a length of 102cm and can weigh between 3-3.5kg. A large white bird with black wings, red legs and bill. The White Stork appears to look like heavily built Heron and flies with their neck outstretched, like that of a Crane.White Storks’ can be seen nesting on top of buildings in southern Europe. The White Stork can also be seen dropping its wings when its plumage is wet.

Habitat

The White Stork lives in marshes and wet open ground, often near human settlements.

Diet

The White Stork feed on a range of amphibians and small mammals, and if they are at drier areas they feed on large grasshoppers and other invertebrates.

Protection Status

This species is listed as species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Interesting facts

It has been found that White Storks’ exhibit tool use by squeezing moss in the beak to drip water into the mouths of its chicks.In Slavic mythology and religion, White Storks were thought to carry unborn souls from Vyraj to Earth in spring and summer. Becoming a simple story where they brought babies to parents.

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