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Yellow Billed Stork in breeding colours--Explored June 13

Explored on June 13--highest position #380

  

Scientific Name: Mycteria ibis

Geographical Range: Tropical East Africa; Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar

Habitat: Aquatic habitats, including shallow lakes, mud flats, coastal lagoons and meadows.

Diet in the Wild: Feeds on crustaceans, small fish, frogs, insects and worms.

Conservation Status: Protected

  

It is interesting that during the breeding season these storks display feathers with a tinge of the same pink color that can be seen in their relatives, the Roseate Spoonbills. This bird is still displaying breeding colors--you can see the pink around the wing area above the black wing tips.

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Taken on April 12, 2009