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Europe (north to Estonia), northwest Africa, and southwest Asia (east to southern Kazakhstan).
There are two subspecies:
Open farmland areas with access to marshy wetlands.
Feet and neck extended when flying.
They build a stick nest in trees, on buildings, or special platforms, in loose colonies.
The diet includes frogs, large insects, young birds, lizards and rodents.
Not a very vocal bird, but claps the bill, especially on approach of partner or intruder.
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