Many years ago, people in Germany believed storks brought good luck to a family. Storks sometimes nested on their roofs. The people believed storks could bring babies. We know that storks don’t really bring babies, but they are interesting birds.
Most storks live in warm, tropical areas in Florida, South America, Africa, India and Asia. A few storks live in cold areas and migrate south in the winter. Storks live in swamps and wetlands. They use their long, deep bills to catch fish, frogs and other small animals.
Fun Facts about Storks for Kids
- Some storks are like garbage men. They eat dead or dying animals and keep the area clean.
- Storks are heavy birds. They can’t fly very far by flapping their wings. Instead, they glide on warm air currents called thermals.
- Storks make huge nests in trees, on cliffs, on roofs or even on the tops of telephone poles. The nests are used year after year. They can be 9 feet wide or larger.
- Storks can’t sing the way most birds can. They can hiss or screech. They also clatter their bills together.
- Tropical: warm year-round
- Swamp: wet, muddy area with plants and animals
- Glide: float smoothly
- Current: column of air
Learn More All About Storks
Have a look at this amazing video of a mother stork:
A video footage of a stork feeding a snake to its babies.
Question: How do storks feed their babies?
Answer: Both the moms and dads spit up half-eaten fish and frogs for their babies.
Question: Do storks live alone?
Answer: Sometimes, but more often they live in colonies, or large groups.