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So Where Does The Stork Get The Babies? Quiz


While the story about storks bringing babies may not be entirely accurate, there are several interesting facts about storks that you may or may not know...

A multiple-choice quiz by lones78. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
lones78
Time
4 mins
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Multiple Choice
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330,597
Updated
Dec 03 21
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Question 1 of 10
1. Storks can be found on all continents except one. On which continent can storks NOT be found? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Storks eat a variety of different foods from small fish, reptiles and amphibians to small rodents, moles and snails. So, what type of diet does a stork 'generally' enjoy? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Most storks have feathers that are either brown, white, black, grey, or a combination of these colours. One exception is the tertial feathers (flight feathers - or tips of the wings) of the painted stork. Which extra colour of feathers does the painted stork have? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Storks have a tendency to share their breeding ground with other species and some return to the same nest every breeding season. Of the following list, where do storks tend NOT to build their nests? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. According to several websites, the marabou stork shares (or almost shares, depending on the source) a particular feature with the Andean condor. What is this unique feature? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. From one of the biggest storks to one of the smallest: the hammerhead stork is sometimes not considered a stork and is in the order pelecaniformes instead of ciconiiformes (like most other storks). The hammerhead stork is known by several names but of the following, which is NOT a common name for this bird? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Storks are generally quiet birds due to them having an underdeveloped (compared with other birds) syrinx (the organ at the bottom of the windpipe that enables a bird to make noise). Yet during mating season, they can make a terrible 'racket' to attract a mate using which part of their body? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Storks reach sexual maturity at around four years of age and then lay between (usually) two and five eggs at a time. When the chicks have hatched, they have voracious appetites. What percentage of their body weight do they need to consume daily (approximate)? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Storks are sensitive to cold weather and tend to migrate to warmer climes during winter months. The European and Asian white storks are two of the stork family that travel quite a distance for warmer weather. To which other continent do they travel for this warmer weather? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. European white storks are, according to myth, the storks that bring the babies. This is because they return to their breeding grounds every year approximately nine months after which time of year? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Storks can be found on all continents except one. On which continent can storks NOT be found?

Answer: Antarctica

Storks are warm-blooded creatures so need warm temperatures to survive. Many migrate to warmer places during the winter months and nearly all live near some kind of wetland. Antarctica, although close to water (and being mainly made of water!), is too cold for the warm-blooded stork to survive. There also would not be enough of a food source to support the rather large appetite of a group of storks.
2. Storks eat a variety of different foods from small fish, reptiles and amphibians to small rodents, moles and snails. So, what type of diet does a stork 'generally' enjoy?

Answer: Carnivore

The body of a stork, as with a lot of other birds, is designed for the digestion of proteins as found in live prey. One type of stork, the marabou stork, is actually a scavenger and will eat prey whether dead or alive. An herbivore has a diet consisting of cellulose fibres such as those found in plant material and certain types of bacteria. An omnivore is a species that uses both animal and plant material as its primary source of food.

A vegan diet is that which excludes all animal products including meat, dairy products, eggs and food processed using animal products.

This type of diet is found in the human population and is generally a diet choice, as opposed to a 'natural' eating habit.
3. Most storks have feathers that are either brown, white, black, grey, or a combination of these colours. One exception is the tertial feathers (flight feathers - or tips of the wings) of the painted stork. Which extra colour of feathers does the painted stork have?

Answer: Pink

The painted stork is similar looking to an ibis, with a long, slightly downward-curved yellow bill. The head is red-orange and the black and white plumage is off-set by beautiful pink feathers covering the 'tail' of the bird while at rest. The legs of the painted stork are yellow-red yet often look white due to the fact that they defecate on their legs.
The painted stork can be found in Southeast Asia, particularly India, eastern China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
4. Storks have a tendency to share their breeding ground with other species and some return to the same nest every breeding season. Of the following list, where do storks tend NOT to build their nests?

Answer: Underground

Storks are known to build their nests on cliff-ledges and man-made structures, in trees, and also on the ground. The size of their nests (sometimes over two metres, or six feet, in diameter!) would suggest that they need to be on the ground but this is not so.

A quick 'google' search for "stork nest" will show you several pictures of stork nests on the top of power poles, on the roofs and chimneys of buildings, and even a hilarious photo of a nest on top of a car! Even though a nest may have been built in a previous year, the stork pair will add to their nest each season they return to it, even if just a few sticks or a patch of turf.

This 'redecorating' occurs even if there are no eggs or chicks to care for. Small birds such as wrens, sparrow or starlings may 'share' the stork nest by building their own nest in gaps between sticks.
5. According to several websites, the marabou stork shares (or almost shares, depending on the source) a particular feature with the Andean condor. What is this unique feature?

Answer: Largest wingspan of all living land birds

According to Wikipedia, both the Andean condor and the marabou stork have a wingspan of 3.2 metres (10.5 feet), the widest of all living land birds.
The marabou stork is the largest of the storks and can reach up to 150cm in height (60 inches) and can weigh over 9kg (20 lbs). They are also unlike most other storks in that they fly with their necks retracted (ie tucked in, instead of held out long and straight). The marabou stork actually looks similar to a pelican only it has longer legs and no 'pouch' in its beak.
6. From one of the biggest storks to one of the smallest: the hammerhead stork is sometimes not considered a stork and is in the order pelecaniformes instead of ciconiiformes (like most other storks). The hammerhead stork is known by several names but of the following, which is NOT a common name for this bird?

Answer: Brown stork

The correct name for the hammerhead stork is hamerkop, but is also known by any of the following names: anvilhead, tufted umber, hammerkop, hammerkopf, umbrette, hammerhead, hammerhead stork, or umber bird. The shape of the bird's head (with long, pointed bill at the front and the tuft of feathers at the back) is similar to the shape of a hammer, hence the bird's name. The hammerhead stork is designated as medium-sized and grows to about 56 cm long (nearly two feet) and 470 grams (about one pound). Apart from having the hammer-shaped head, the hammerhead stork is coloured a completely brown and otherwise unremarkable.
7. Storks are generally quiet birds due to them having an underdeveloped (compared with other birds) syrinx (the organ at the bottom of the windpipe that enables a bird to make noise). Yet during mating season, they can make a terrible 'racket' to attract a mate using which part of their body?

Answer: By 'clapping' the top and bottom part of the bill together

A stork can make sounds such as hissing, whistling and grunting, although because of their underdeveloped syrinx these noises are very quiet. By tipping the head back and tightening the pouch at the throat the stork can amplify any noises it makes. 'Clapping' the top and bottom parts of the bill together makes a rattling sound which, according to one source, sounds similar to a machine gun and can be heard up to one kilometre (half a mile) away.
8. Storks reach sexual maturity at around four years of age and then lay between (usually) two and five eggs at a time. When the chicks have hatched, they have voracious appetites. What percentage of their body weight do they need to consume daily (approximate)?

Answer: 60%

Stork chicks will eat around 60% of their bodyweight each day and are dependent on their parents for supplying this food for them. The chicks will start to flap their underdeveloped wings after about three to four weeks then learn to fly several months later when their flight feathers grow. Sources vary but the approximate life span of a stork is around 10-12 years in the wild, and up to about 40 years in captivity.
9. Storks are sensitive to cold weather and tend to migrate to warmer climes during winter months. The European and Asian white storks are two of the stork family that travel quite a distance for warmer weather. To which other continent do they travel for this warmer weather?

Answer: Africa

While most storks live in places where the weather is warm all the time, some do live in areas where there is a greater variance in temperature, such as Europe or Asia. The European and Asian white storks travel vast distances both along the Strait of Gibraltar and across the Middle East to get to the southern coast of Africa and warmer weather. Being large birds, storks would need a massive amount of energy to be able to flap their wings quickly and repeatedly to fly like smaller birds.

Instead, they glide on thermals (warm columns of air) to be able to conserve energy for those long flights.

Thermals tend to form where there is a border between sea and land due to temperature differences, so storks will follow the coastline or only pass over small distances of open water when they are migrating and travelling great distances.
10. European white storks are, according to myth, the storks that bring the babies. This is because they return to their breeding grounds every year approximately nine months after which time of year?

Answer: Midsummer

The myth about storks bringing babies originated in northern Germany with the European white stork. Locals used to encourage the storks nesting on their homes believing the storks were a symbol of prosperity and fertility. As these particular storks are migratory birds, they only nested for a short period of time yet returned each year approximately nine months after midsummer, making their return in the spring time coincide with the birth of many babies - both human and other.
Source: Author lones78

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