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A couple of storks from recovery centres nests in Terra Natura Benidorm

03 de mayo de 2019 Noticias

 

Two white storks (Ciconia ciconia) that live in Terra Natura Benidorm since 2005 and 2006 respectively, have managed to successfully nest and lay two eggs that are expected to hatch over the coming weeks. Both birds come from the Centre for the Recovery of Endangered Species (CREA) 'Los Hornos', located in Cáceres.

This couple of storks, that belongs to the group of injured and unrecoverable birds that live in the zoo, has managed to nest in the facilities of the aviary after suffering several failed attempts. On previous occasions, they had managed to make the nest and lay their eggs, but unfortunately, they didn´t come forward.

Terra Natura Benidorm welcomes a group of unrecoverable birds that cannot be reintroduced into the wild habitat because due to their injuries they would die. The arrival to this conservation space has allowed both storks to recover part of their functions and also the socialization. Proof of its complete adaptation are the courtships and the pairing process.

Decades ago, the white stork was a migratory species that lived during the summer periods in the Iberian Peninsula, where the summers are warm and there is plenty food, and in the autumn, they fly a distance of 3,000 kilometres to the sub-Saharan Africa area to hibernate. However, climate change has caused that these birds tend to become sedentary.

This species is able to fly long distances taking advantage of the ascending thermal air currents. This mechanism that helps them in their migration becomes a deadly trap when there are electrical lines or wind turbines in their way, as they impact against them, causing serious injuries or even death.

 

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