The legend is very ancient, but was popularised by a 19th-century Hans Christian Andersen story called The Storks. They noted they were occasional vagrants to England, blown there by storms. Archived from the original PDF on Archived from the original on 25 December Fleas, Flukes and Cuckoos. Archived from the original on 11 February A mother who was confined to bed around the time of childbirth was said to have been "bitten" by the stork.
I 10th revised ed. White stork nestlings do not attack each other, and their parents' method of feeding them disgorging large amounts of food at once means that stronger siblings cannot outcompete weaker ones for food directly, hence parental infanticide is an efficient way of reducing brood size.
Inherited information and social interactions". Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Basic research devoted to conservation measures". White storks exhibit this behaviour exclusively at the nest site. A few records of breeding from South Africa have been known since at Calitzdorp , and about 10 birds have been known to breed since the s around Bredasdorp. It was reclassified to and was designated the type species of the new genus Ciconia by French zoologist Mathurin Jacques Brisson in