European Union for Bird Ringing. European Journal of Wildlife Research. A young white stork ringed at the nest in Denmark subsequently appeared in England, where it spent some days before moving on. The first hatchling typically has a competitive edge over the others. The Atlas of Bird Migrations: A Study of Bird Parasites. Cassell's Latin Dictionary 5th ed.
The female typically lays four eggs , though clutches of one to seven have been recorded.
Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Evolution. Birds have long been associated with the maternal symbols from pagan goddesses such as Juno to the Holy Ghost , and the stork may have been chosen for its white plumage depicting purity , size in that it is big enough to carry an infant , and flight at high altitude likened to flying between Earth and Heaven. Less commonly, they also eat bird eggs and young birds, fish, molluscs, crustaceans and scorpions. They were also associated with handicapped or stillborn babies in Germany, explained as the stork having dropped the baby en route to the household, or as revenge or punishment for past wrongdoing. It is a recognised pathogen and cause of morbidity in the Asian openbill Anastomus oscitans.
It is a recognised pathogen and cause of morbidity in the Asian openbill Anastomus oscitans. White stork nestlings do not attack each other, and their parents' method of feeding them disgorging large amounts of food at once means that stronger siblings cannot outcompete weaker ones for food directly, hence parental infanticide is an efficient way of reducing brood size.