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Milky Stork - beginning flight

Milky Stork - beginning flight

Scientific name: Mycteria cinerea
Order: Ciconiiformes

An endangered species, the Milky Stork is found in lowlands, salt water marshes, and mangrove swamps of Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

The sounds produced by the Milky Stork are not noticeably different from those of the other wood storks. Generally silent, except at breeding colonies. A falsetto 'fizzing' vocalization, audible for about 75 m, bill-clattering and wing noise are also heard during other social displays. Nestlings make a frog-like croaking sound when begging.

At breeding colonies and feeding areas, flight activities are contagious, with a take-off by one bird often followed by several other birds nearby. After breeding, it will shift when rain fall patterns change or because of disturbance or harassment.

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