What is a syrinx?

What is a syrinx?

The syrinx is a bird’s vocal organ. The syrinx helps birds to produce sounds, such as cheeps, whistles, caws, tweets, trills, and many other bird calls.

All birds have a syrinx, except emus, ostriches, storks, and vultures.

Birds without a syrinx do not make a sound with their throat.

CREATURE FEATURE: Saddle-billed Stork

The Saddle-Billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) is the largest African stork, with a height of 1.8 metres (six feet) and a wingspan of 2.7 metres (9 feet).

It has striking colours with an iridescent black head, neck, back, wings, and tail. The rest of the body and primary flight feathers are white.

The long beak (bill) is red with a black band and a yellow shield, which is called the saddle (like a horse saddle). They have black legs and feet with pink knees.

Males have black eyes and females have yellow eyes.

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