Name our storks
THE Wildlife Habitat has reared two baby black-necked storks and is calling on the public to name them.
Their parents are called James and Jaddy, so the competition is to find two names starting with J for the six-month-old chicks.
So far Jake and Jack have been the most popular names entered but the Habitat is keen to hear some more unique and unusual names.
Sales and marketing manager Narelle Csontos said they will not know the sex of the chicks for a few months but their sizes and characteristics suggest one is female and the other a male.
‘‘Later this year they are going to go to another zoo as part of our continued effort to breed the species,’’ she said.
‘‘We are the only zoo in the world which has successfully bred black-necked storks so it’s quite important what we do here.
‘‘And we would like to send them to a new zoo with names.’’
Once grown, the black-necked stalks will have a black and white metallic sheen on their head and necks and bright red legs.
‘‘Black-necked storks soar high in the sky quite effortlessly, they stalk for food, they are hunters of mainly fish, crustaceans and amphibians,’’ Ms Csontos said.
‘‘ They live in wetlands or swampy areas like mangroves or mudflats.’’
The winner of the naming competition will receive an annual family pass to the Wildlife Habitat and entried need to be in by May 29, winner announced on June 1.