Alternative name: White-bellied Stork
- Ciconia abdimii
- Black body
- White underparts
- Grey legs with red knees and feet;
- Grey bill
- Red facial skin in front of the eye
- Blue skin near the bill in breeding season
The female is slightly smaller than male.
Similar Species. Black Stork is similarly plumaged, but has red bill and legs and lacks the white lower back and rump of Abdim's. Moreover, the longer legs, bill and neck of Black Stork give it a quite different flight silhouette.
Highly gregarious. Large flocks numbering hundreds may be seen in feeding parties spread through grasslands or soaring on thermals.
Colonial breeder, nesting in trees, with each pair laying 2-3 eggs.
The diet consists mainly of locusts, caterpillars and other large insects.
The smallest stork, the name commemorates the Turkish Governor of Wadi Halfa in Sudan Bey El-Arnaut Abdim (1780-1827).
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Abdim's Stork. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 25 October 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Abdim%27s_Stork