84 cm; 1.8 kg
Alike. Only stork in region with black body and white
(woolly-looking) neck. In flight, all-black wings and chest contrast
with white neck, belly and undertail. Bill tip and ridge of upper
mandible red. Upperparts glossed purple and eyes deep crimson red
during br season.
duller and browner and face blacker; neck pale sooty brownish.
uncommon, locally common in n KwaZulu-Natal, listed as
Near-threatened in S Africa. Both resident and migrant populations
occur; influx of non-br migrants recorded during summer in n Namibia
river margins and adjacent cultivation and estuaries.
large insects, also frogs, crabs, molluscs, and some fish.
silent; at nest gives raucous calls.
Monogamous. Nest placed high in well-foliaged tree, usually over