Oriental White Stork (Ciconia boyciana) - Wiki
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[Photo] 豊岡にやってきた野生コウノトリ。 撮影日：2006年 9月08日. 撮影地：兵庫???立コウノトリの???公園（兵庫???豊岡市祥雲寺）. 撮影者：cory http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Cory 出典：http://www.cory.to/cory/kn06/kn0636.html#kn060908 Wildlife Stork ("Kounotori", Ciconia boyciana) lives in Toyooka. Date: 2006-09-08 (Sep 08, 2006). Place: Kounotori-no-sato-koen (Hyogo Prefectural Homeland for the Oriental white Stork), Shouun-ji Toyooka Hyogo, Japan.Author: ISAKA Yoji (cory)
The Oriental Stork, Ciconia boyciana is a large, up to 115cm long, white bird with black wing feathers. It is closely related and resembles the European White Stork, of which it was formerly often treated as a subspecies. Unlike the latter species, the Oriental Stork has a red skin around its eye with whitish iris and black bill. Both sexes are similar. The female is slightly smaller than male. The young is white with an orange bill.
At one time, the Oriental Stork could be found in Japan, China, Korea and Russia. It is now extinct in Japan and South Korea. After breeding, the storks migrate to eastern China in September and returning in March.
The Oriental Stork is a solitary bird except during the breeding season. Its diets consist mainly of fish, frogs and small animals. The female usually lays between two to six eggs.
The scientific name commemorates Robert Henry Boyce.
Due to habitat lost and overhunting, the Oriental Stork is classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix I of CITES.
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