The Ciconiiformes are a group of long-legged wading birds including bitterns, herons, ibises, egrets and storks. They are generally aquatic birds with broad, rounded wings. They feed on fish, crustaceans, insects and also carrion. Most nest in trees although some build nests in swamps or on the ground. Most species are colonial. Their feet are not webbed and the middle claw is laterally expanded.
Author: Robert Davis
Last updated: 21/11/05
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