Mycteria ibis, Photo: Michael Lahanas
Mycteria ibis (Linnaeus, 1766)
* Systema Naturae ed.12 p.241
The Yellow-billed Stork, Mycteria ibis, is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It occurs Africa South of Sahara and in Madagascar. Its a medium-sized stork. Length: 97 cm; average body weight for males: 2.3 kg; for females: 1.9 kg. Plumage mainly pinkish-white with black wings and tail; bill yellow, blunt, and decurved at tip. Immature birds are greyish brown with dull greyish brown bill, dull orange face and brownish legs. It eats fish, frogs and insects. The similar Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is an Asian bird.
The Yellow-billed Stork is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Mycteria ibis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 30 January 2009. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
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