Hatch Year: 2013
Arrival to WBS: 2014
Sex: Male
Reason for Residence: hatched in captivity

Azizi arrived at World Bird Sanctuary in 2014 as a young bird and was recruited to our zoo show flying team. He travels to our seasonal zoo shows where he will follow trainers on stage as well as show off his wings by flying over crowds to different perches. When not showing off to audiences Azizi likes to clatter his beak in his enclosure in order to get attention from his trainers. Once they’re paying attention he proceeds to show off and display for them all to admire him, and should they enter his enclosure he will accompany them through all of their daily tasks. Azizi has been known to even make nests for his very favorite trainers. Sweet tempered and enthusiastic, he has been described by his trainers as “aSTORKable”, and rightfully so!


Potential threats include habitat loss due to urban and agricultural development and loss of primary food sources (as in locusts) that may be eliminated by pesticides in order to protect crops. Abdim’s storks have little fear of humans and are not usually in danger from hunting because of a local superstition that they are “bringers of rain.”

Scientific Name: Ciconia abdimii
Description: black stork with grey legs, red knees and feet, grey bill and white underparts. It has red facial skin in front of the eye and blue skin near the bill in breeding season. It is the smallest species of stork.
Sex: male and female same
Age: Up to 20 years in the wild.
Height: Height: approximately 36.3″
Wingspan: 55″
Weight: 2.86 lbs.
Habitat: wading birds found around shallow water; can be found in open grasslands, pastures, areas of cultivation, ponds, and swamps; these birds often roost in trees or rock cliffs
Range: Sub-Saharan Africa; noticeably absent along the coastal areas of tropical West Africa

Behavior: This bird is rarely seen in groups of less than ten birds. They are sometimes spotted in huge flocks of up to 10,000 individuals.

Diet: Primary diet is insects including swarming locust, grasshoppers, and crickets

Vocalization: The voice of the thick-billed parrot resembles a high-pitched macaw and includes a variety of harsh, rolling calls described as similar to human laughter.

Fun Facts!
– Abdim’s Storks are welcomed and protected by local Africans who believe that it is a harbinger of rain. Local traditions include building nests for the birds on rooftops hoping the storks will bring good luck.

– Storks often defecate on their own legs in order to maintain their body temperature through the process of evaporative cooling.

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