[AS.] A wading bird of the family Ciconidae, nearly allied to the heron, with long slender legs and rather thick neck. The bill is as long as the head, and tapers to a point. In Holland, storks give up their aquatic habits and nest on tall trees, towers, or chimneys. Some times frames or false chimneys are made on the tops of houses for storks to build on. The nest is built of sticks and dry grass, and there are three or four bluish-white eggs, which take thirty days to hatch. The storks feed on garbage, snakes, frogs, rats, mice, and vermin. In winter they migrate to warmer regions. Before starting on their flight they assemble in large flocks of two or three thousand, and the common belief is that they consult as to their journey. When they return to Holland in spring, they are welcomed as harbingers of that season. The white stork is found in Europe; the black stork in Europe, Asia, and Africa ; the black-necked stork is the East Indian jabiru.