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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Ciconia nigra (Black Stork)

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Species Description
The Black Stork is a widespread but rare bird in Central and Eastern Europe; a strong migrant, most populations winter in Africa and India. This broad-winged soaring bird has the widest geographical range of any stork, though it relies thermals to fly. It lives in marshy wetlands, where it feeds on amphibians and insects. Like most storks, it hunts by eyesight; the Black Stork extends its wings to make an umbrella over its head, blocking out sunlight and reducing the distraction of reflection on the water. The bill and legs of the Black Stork are scarlet red, with the color intensifying during mating season.
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Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
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