Abdim's stork

Abdim's stork

Abdim's stork, White-bellied stork

Ciconia abdimii

Abdim's stork (Ciconia abdimii ), also known as the white-bellied stork, is a stork belonging to the family Ciconiidae. The common name commemorates the Turkish Governor of Wadi Halfa in Sudan, Bey El-Arnaut Abdim (1780–1827).


Ciconia abdimii is a black stork with grey legs, red knees and feet, grey bill and white underparts. It has red facial skin in front of the eye and blue skin near the bill in breeding season. It is the smallest species of stork, at 73 cm (29 in) and a weight of just over 1 kg (2.2 lb).



Abdim's stork is found in open habitats throughout Eastern Africa, from Ethiopia south to South Africa. This stork has escaped or been deliberately released into Florida, U.S., but there is no evidence that the population is breeding and may only persist due to continuing releases or escapes.

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Widespread and common throughout its large range, Abdim's stork is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is the subject of several nationally coordinated breeding programs: in the United States, the plan for this species is administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and in Europe by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.

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Abdim's stork habitat map
Abdim's stork habitat map

Habits and Lifestyle

Ciconia abdimii feeds mainly of locusts, caterpillars and other large insects, although these birds will also eat small reptiles, amphibians, mice, crabs and eggs. The female lays two to three eggs and is slightly smaller than the male.

Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition



1. Abdim's stork Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdim's_stork
2. Abdim's stork on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22697673/93629659

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