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White stork

Ciconia ciconia

At the Detroit Zoo
The white stork can be found in the African Grasslands across from the Arctic Ring of Life.

These tall, long-necked wading birds have red legs and pointed red-orange bills. The white plumage of their heads, necks and bodies contrasts with black wing feathers highlighted with a sheen of purple and green iridescence.

Fun Facts

  • This species is the genesis of the myth that the stork brings babies. A symbol of fertility and good luck, they often nest on rooftops and chimneys in the spring when their chicks are typically born.