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Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-billed Stork
Bird. Yellow-billed storks are adaptive and intelligent. They have a fishing technique of using one foot to stir up the water to flush out prey. A quick muscular reflex in the neck enables yellow-billed storks to catch almost all of their food in the water. These storks do not socialize much with one another and tend to isolate themselves in swamps, muddy rivers and marshes. They breed nearly year round. The male chooses the location of the nest and works with the female to build it in 7-10 days. Two or three eggs are laid one at a time, two days apart, so the chicks hatch on different days about a month later.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Mycteria ibis 30+ years
Carnivore. Crustaceans, small fish, frogs, insects and worms.
Predators and Threats
Cheetahs, leopards, lions, and humans.
Aquatic habitats, including shallow lakes, mud flats, coastal lagoons and meadows; tropical East Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar.