Category Archive: Ciconiidae

Nov 24 2013

The Story of the Water of Life and Death

The hero of the tale, Floria, having shown some kindness to a stork, who afterwards turns out to be the king of the storks, receives from him a feather, which when taken up at any time of danger would bring the stork to him and help him. And thus it came to pass that the …

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Jun 08 2013

The White Stork and the bring baby story

According to European folklore, the stork is responsible for bringing babies to new parents. The legend is very ancient, but was popularised by a 19th century Hans Christian Andersen story called The Storks. German folklore held that storks found babies in caves or marshes and brought them to households in a basket on their backs …

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May 30 2013

The King who became a Stork and the evil wizard

Once upon a time in Persia there lived a handsome young man called Sasha, who was the Ruler and greatly loved by all. Sasha had only one enemy, Kashenor, a cruel wicked wizard whose desire was to put his own son Mizrah on Sasha’s throne. Sasha loved to collect ancient precious objects, and he always …

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Feb 29 2012

Lions catch Grey Heron in Dutch Zoo Artis

A tantalizing but horrific video from youtube. In Amsterdam a band of Lions catch a Grey Heron. This video featured on the major news channels. Enjoy while you can, I didnt ask for permission to feature it on PoB but I could not resist showing it to you. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMPE1PXFb8 original video by: Shirroy100

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Dec 27 2011

ORGANOCHLORINE RESIDUES AND EGGSHELL THINNING IN WOOD STORKS AND ANHINGAS

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) Science Article 1 abstract All 10 Wood Stork eggs collected at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in 1973 contained residues of DDE (geometric mean 4.0 ppm wet weight) and PCBs (1.2 ppm). Nine other organochlorines were found at lower frequencies in the eggs. Eggshells from the recent period were 8.9% thinner …

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Dec 27 2011

Development of thermoregulatory ability during ontogeny in the White Stork Ciconia ciconia

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) Science Article 1 abstract The development of thermoregulation abilities in White Stork Ciconia ciconia nestlings was examined. Our results showed that body mass, and not age, was the best predictor for thermoregulatory ability despite what was found in passerines. White Stork nestlings did not develop their thermoregulatory abilities abruptly since their …

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Dec 27 2011

Time budget, habitat use and breeding success of White Storks Ciconia ciconia under variable foraging conditions during the breeding season in Switzerland.

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) Science Article 9 abstract Following its extinction in 1950, the White Stork Ciconia ciconia was reintroduced to Switzerland. We analysed time budget, habitat use and breeding success of 28 breeding pairs at five sites in 1994. At two sites the adults were given extra food daily (SF), at the others no …

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Dec 27 2011

Flight behaviour of White Stork Ciconia ciconia on their migration over southern Israel

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) Science Article 8 abstract More than 200 flight paths of White Storks were recorded during spring and autumn 1991/92 at two sites in southern Israel by tracking radar. White Storks did not adapt flight behaviour to maximize cross-country speed as predicted by theory. Gliding airspeed was not adjusted to climb rate …

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Dec 27 2011

Resource-dependent weather effect in the reproduction of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia.

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) Science Article 11 abstract Weather affects the breeding success of White Stork Ciconia ciconia, but the effect has not been studied in the context of different food resources or habitat quality. The aim of this study was to determine whether the impact of weather conditions on breeding success was dependent on …

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Dec 27 2011

Migratory orientation of first-year white storks (Ciconia ciconia): inherited information and social interactions

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) Science Article 5 abstract We used satellite tracking to study the migratory orientation of juvenile white storks from the population in the Kaliningrad Region (Russia) during their first autumn migration. Two series of experiments were performed. In the first series of experiments, several groups of first-year storks were raised in an …

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