The white stork is the national animal of Lithuania. It was declared as the national animal of Lithuania in the year 1973. It is a large bird, belonging to the family of Ciconiidae. It was made Lithuania’s national animal because citizens of Lithuania believe the white stork brings harmony to families on whose land they nest. This has made it to be celebrated across the country.They also believe that storks can bring babies when they nest on an individual’s land that is infertile. The national bird of Lithuania has a white plumage with black flight feathers and wing coverts.
The national bird of Lithuania prefers to live in riverbanks, marshes, swamps, ditches, grasslands and meadows. Their total population is estimated to be between 700,000 and 704,000 (IUCN red list, 2016). They are categorized by the IUCN as least concern as their population keeps increasing.
Facts about the National Animal of Lithuania (White Stork)
- Common name: White Stork
- Scientific name: Ciconia ciconia
- Average length: 100-115cms
- Average weight: 2.5-4.4kgs
- Habitat: Riverbanks, marshes, swamps, grasslands and meadows
- Diet: Insects, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and small birds
- Incubation period: 33-34 days
- Lifespan: 30 years
- Number of eggs: 2-5 eggs
These birds have a white plumage with black feathers and wing coverts. When adult, they develop a pointed beak, which is red in color. Their legs are red and are partly webbed. Around their eyes, this bird has black skin. Males are larger than their female counterparts, and this is the main distinguishing feature. This beautiful bird is actually the national animal symbol of Lithuania. Lithuania’s national animal is usually monogamous and ones they pair, it is for life. The young storks start breeding at the age of between 3 and 5 years.
As a national symbol of Lithuania, the feathers are used in many social events in Lithuania.
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