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Abdim’s stork

Theme area:  El cañón de las aves
Scientific name:  Ciconia abdimii
Class:  Birds
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Grasslands and steppes
Diet:  Carnivorous
Weight:  1 - 1.5 kg
Size:  70 - 75 cm
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The smallest of all stork species

It is distributed in open habitats in the sub-Saharan strip and southeast of the African continent.

It is the smallest of the storks and the female is slightly smaller than the male.

They nest in trees, cliffs, roofs of houses and usually use the same nest year after year until it collapses and builds another. The female lays 3-4 eggs which hatch 33 days after laying.

They form groups of 20 to 50 pairs, sometimes together with other birds. They perform partial migrations, forming groups of up to 10 individuals.

It is very useful against insect pests that devastate crops. In the event of a grasshopper plague, several thousand storks may gather to participate in the feast.

Conservation status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


they feed exclusively on large insects?
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