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  Woolly-necked Stork

 

Ciconia episcopus

(86) 84 cm; 1.8 kg

SEXES  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.

JUV  Upperparts duller and browner and face blacker; neck pale sooty brownish.

STATUS  Generally 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 and Botswana.

HABITAT  Wetlands, river margins and adjacent cultivation and estuaries.

FOOD  Mainly large insects, also frogs, crabs, molluscs, and some fish.

CALL  Generally silent; at nest gives raucous calls.

BR  Monogamous. Nest placed high in well-foliaged tree, usually over swampy ground.

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

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