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White Stork
Scientific classification
Order: Ciconiiformes

The storks are large, long-legged, long-necked wading birds with long stout bills. They occur in most of the warmer regions of the world. They tend to live in drier habitats than their relatives the herons, spoonbills and Ibises, and lack the powder down that those groups use to clean off fish slime. Many species are migratory. Storks eat frogs, fish and small birds or mammals.

The storks are members of the order Ciconiiformes, along with several other groups of wading birds as shown below:

The species are:

Genus Mycteria

  • Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea
  • Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis
  • Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala
  • Wood Stork[?] Mycteria americana

Genus Ciconia

  • Abdim's Stork Ciconia abdimii
  • Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
  • Storm's Stork Ciconia stormi
  • Maguari Stork Ciconia maguari
  • Oriental White Stork Ciconia boyciana
  • White Stork Ciconia ciconia
  • Black Stork Ciconia nigra

Genus Jabiru

Genus Leptoptilus

  • Lesser Adjutant[?] Leptoptilus javanicus
  • Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius
  • Marabou Stork Leptoptilos crumeniferus

Genus Anastomas

  • Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans
  • African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus

Genus Ephippiorhynchus

  • Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
  • Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

The stork is the symbol of Den Haag.

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