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Stork. A family of birds, whose members are chiefly confined to the old world. The true storks are contained in the genus Ciconia, and range over Europe, Asia, and Africa. In form they resemble the herons, but are more robust, and have larger bills and shorter toes, which are partly webbed. They inhabit the vicinity of marshes and rivers, where they find an abundant supply of food, consisting of frogs, lizards, fishes, and even young birds. They are migratory birds, arriving from the South at their breeding haunts in the early spring, and departing again in autumn. The white stork, which is common in many countries of Europe, constructs a large nest, most frequently on the chimney of a cottage, to which it is thought to bring good luck. In plumage it is white, with black wings.