location near a body of water providing
an adequate food
sometimes rodents, salamanders,
other birds, and small reptiles.
Arrive U.K. March - April.
Depart U.K. August - September.
Upperparts are a deep, glossy brown,
while the breast is
white and sometimes
streaked with brown, and the underparts
are pure white. The head is white with a dark
the eyes, reaching to the sides
of the neck. The irises
of the eyes are golden
to brown. The bill is black, and
the feet are white
with black talons. A short tail and long,
wings with four long, finger-like feathers, and
shorter fifth, give it a very distinctive appearance.
52 - 60 cms.
150 - 180 cms.
2 - 4. Whitish with bold splotches of reddish-brown