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White stork clattering, crotoreo de cigueña comun

Cicconia cicconia


The adult White Stork's noisy bill-clattering is very common during the maityng displays. The bird makes these sounds by rapidly opening and closing its beak so that a knocking sound is made each time its beak closes. The clattering is amplified by its throat pouch, which acts as a resonator. The up-down display is used for a number of interactions with other members of the species. Here a stork quickly throws its head backwards so that its crown rests on its back before slowly bringing its head and neck forwards again, and this is repeated several times. The display is used as a greeting between birds, post coitus, and also as a threat display. Breeding pairs are territorial over the summer, and use this display, as well as crouching forward with the tails cocked and wings extended.


In Casa de Campo, close to the Zoo de Madrid

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arlanda 10 years ago

Thanks Stefania

arlanda 10 years ago

Thanks Ava, done!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

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arlanda 11 years ago

I just added one more photo

arlanda 11 years ago

Thanks Satyen, gracias harsuame

arlanda 11 years ago

Thanks Jeannette

arlanda 11 years ago

Thanks Alice

rutasandinas 11 years ago

Grandioso los modelos buena imagen...

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago


Jeannette 11 years ago

Lovely captures :)

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

L:ovely close-ups!

arlanda 11 years ago

Thanks Sachin

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Wonderful captures,

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on Mar 20, 2012
Submitted on Mar 20, 2012

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