Stork (Ciconiidae)

Appearance
There are 8 species of Storks found in Kenya; Abdim's Stork, 32" (81cm); African Open-billed Stork, 32" (81cm); Black Stork, 40" (102cm); Marabou Stork, 60" (152cm); Saddle-billed Stork, 57" (142cm); White Stork, 48" (122cm); Wooly-necked Stork, 34" (86cm); Yellow-billed Stork, 42" (108cm).
They all have long legs, necks and long, powerful bills. Their feet are partially webbed. With the exception of the Marabou, they all fly with their necks fully extended. Powerful wings carry them high-up, where they then use thermals to float around the sky, often in large flocks. The sexes look very much alike.

Habits
Storks rest for much of the day, often on their legs, or one leg. Resident Storks; very large and even huge birds nest in trees, making ungainly nests of sticks and twigs.

Diet
Storks eat a wide variety of both aquatic and terrestrial animals.

Resident
Storks are seen in most areas of Kenya, wherever there is water, including coastal regions.. Some are migrants, leaving for other areas of Africa or palaearctic regions.

Extra Stork Facts
Storks do not have a 'call', due to not having muscles in their voice boxes. Instead, their clatter their bills.
Many Storks appear to have white legs, but this is defaceation, surmised to be a cooling process.

Photographs
Photographed at Kenya's Masai Mara, Nairobi NP, Olare Orok Conservancy and Kuki Gallman's Ol Ari Nyiro Ranch.

Abdim's Stork

Abdim's Stork

Black Stork

Black Stork

Marabou Stork

Marabou Stork

White Stork

White Stork

Woolly-necked Stork

Woolly-necked Stork

Yellow-billed Stork

Yellow-billed Stork