• large, long-legged and long-necked
  • fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back
  • have elaborate and noisy courting displays or "dances"
  • Migrate over long distances
  • Often form large flocks
  • Threatened or critically endangered in most areas they inhabit
  • change their diet according to the season and their own nutrient requirements
  • Eat anything from small rodents, fish, amphibians, and insects, to grain, berries, and plants.
  • Live on every continent except Antarctica and South America