European White Stork

European White Stork

Seen in the Zurich Zoo Conservation facility. The love, care, attention and professionalism displayed there are leagues ahead of any Indian facility. I spent 6 hours or so there, which in itself is too less to see the entire facility well, or even to spend enough time seeing all the wonderful creatures housed there. Next visit, I guess.

Wiki info: The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. Its plumage is mainly white, with black on its wings. Adults have long red legs and long pointed red beaks, and measure on average 100–115 cm (39–45 in) from beak tip to end of tail, with a 155–215 cm (61–85 in) wingspan. The two subspecies, which differ slightly in size, breed in Europe (north to Finland), northwestern Africa, southwestern Asia (east to southern Kazakhstan), and southern Africa. The White Stork is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Africa from tropical Sub-Saharan Africa to as far south as South Africa, or on the Indian subcontinent. When migrating between Europe and Africa, it avoids crossing the Mediterranean Sea and detours via theLevant in the east or the Strait of Gibraltar in the west, because the air thermals on which it depends do not form over water.

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