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Yellow-billed Stork

Scientific name: Mycteria ibis
Order: Ciconiiformes

The Yellow-billed Stork is a large wading bird that is found in Africa south of the Sahara and in Madagascar. Plumage mainly pinkish-white with black wings and tail; bill yellow, blunt, and decurved at tip. Immature birds are greyish brown with dull greyish brown bill, dull orange face and brownish legs.

Yellow-billed storks are adaptive and intelligent. They have a fishing technique of using one foot to stir up the water to flush out prey. A quick muscular reflex in the neck enables yellow-billed storks to catch almost all of their food in the water.

These storks do not socialize much with one another and tend to isolate themselves in swamps, muddy rivers and marshes.

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vicente machado 07-May-2010 19:57