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Abdim’s Stork

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Abdim’s Stork

Stork. The word isn’t exactly poetry in motion, but there is much to admire in these graceful birds. All storks depend on marshlands for their survival. Their long legs let them wade through shallow water or tall grasses seeking prey. They nab their food with lightning speed, stretching out their neck to snap it up with their stout bill.

The Abdim’s or white-bellied stork is a bit different. It prefers open grassland in central and southern Africa. Called the grasshopper bird in parts of Africa, it feasts on swarms of the insects.

Flocks of these storks gather where there are insect swarms, filling their bellies as fast as they can. Abdim's storks breed during the rainy season when locusts and caterpillars are most abundant. They nest in cliffs and on rock pinnacles. You can admire our Abdim’s storks in the Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle aviary.

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