White Stork nest

What does the White Stork nest look like?

The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large bird in the Ciconiidae family of storks. 

The White Stork migrates from Europe to Africa or Asia to breed, travelling long distances. It breeds in open farmlands near water.

The male and female White Stork build their nest together. They build a very large nest, made of twigs, in tall trees, on the top of chimneys, and on tall posts or platforms. The nest is extra large and on an extra tall structure for extra safety. They re-use the nest each year. 

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What is the difference between the African Pied Wagtail and the Mekong Wagtail?

What is the difference between the African Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp vidua) and the Mekong Wagtail (Motacilla samveasnae)?

Both the African Pied Wagtail and the Mekong Wagtail wag their tail up and down.

Both the African Pied Wagtail and the Mekong Wagtail are black and white with a white eyebrow.

Both the African Pied Wagtail and the Mekong Wagtail are closely related to each other.

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Mekong Wagtail

The Mekong Wagtail (Motacilla samveasnae) is a bird in the Motacillidae family of white wagtails, pipits, and longclaws. It looks similar to the African Pied Wagtail. 

The Mekong Wagtail is black and white. It has a black forehead with a white throat and neck patch. It has long tail feathers with some black markings. It has black eyes and grey legs. It frequently wags its tail up and down.

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CREATURE FEATURE: Magpie Duck

The Magpie Duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is a bird in the Anatidae family of domestic mallard ducks.

The Magpie Duck stands erect with a moderately long neck and a broad, heavy body. It is white with distinctive black markings. It has two large black areas on its back and black on the top of its head, which are the colours of the Magpie bird.

As it ages, the black cap is usually replaced with flecks, and then becomes completely white. Its beak is yellow or orange, and becomes greenish with age. Its eyes are small and dark. Its legs and feet are orange. The male has curled tail feathers and the female has straight tail feathers.

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CREATURE FEATURE: Scarlet Tanager

The Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) is a medium-sized bird in the Cardinalidae family of passerine (song bird) cardinal birds.

The Scarlet Tanager male is crimson-red with black wings and a black tail. The female is olive on her upperparts and yellowish on her underparts with yellow-olive wings and tail. In winter, the male looks similar to the female, except that its wings and tail remain darker. Both the male and female have a pale, stout, smooth beak, pale legs, and small dark eyes.

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RESEARCH: Sparrows are healthier when living in groups with diverse personalities

House Sparrows are healthier when living in groups with diverse personalities. Research scientists think that House Sparrows that live in groups in which different individuals have different personality types are healthier than those that live in groups with the same personality type.

The “surprising” findings suggest that personality diversity promotes not only a healthier society of sparrows, but also better physical and mental health for each individual within that society, says Zoltan Barta at the University of Debrecen in Hungary.

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