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Black Stork

Ciconia nigra

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Uncommon and local summer migrant from winter grounds in Africa. Breeds in swampy coniferous and mixed forests, where rather shy; builds a bulky stick nest high in trees. In mountainous regions also nests on cliffs. Distinctive: glossy black overall with white belly, very long pointed red bill and reddish legs. Flies with neck and legs outstretched, and strong, deep wingbeats interspersed with glides; also soars on thermals.

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