Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana

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Endangered stork of expansive wetlands and fields in East Asia. Adult white with sharply contrasting black flight feathers, black bill, and red legs; juvenile similar but orange-billed. Compare very different Siberian Crane, with shorter bill, black restricted to outer portion of wing. Stately, elegant bird in flight and on ground, where it forages for grain, fruit, invertebrates, and small animals. Breeding display involves loud clattering of bills, but typically silent.

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