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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.