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Stork

STORK. (חֲסִידָה, H2884, [from root meaning constant, loyal, loving] stork all Eng. VSS). Earlier VSS had offered a range of trs. LXX has heron, pelican, hoopoe and “hasida,” but from KJV onward stork is the accepted tr. Three points in the contexts confirm this tr. (a) It is unclean (Lev 11:19). Storks feed in muddy places and at some seasons take mainly frogs. (b) It is migratory (Jer 8:7). (c) It is a very large bird, implied by Zechariah 5:9: “...like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the ephah.” Both white and black storks are regular birds of passage through Pal. and the scavenging marabou stork a rare straggler. In spring white storks fly from their winter haunts in Africa and SW Arabia to their nesting grounds in Europe and Asia, and provide spectacular sights. Flocks of many hundreds come through from the end of February into May. (See [[Bird Migration]].) They once nested in Pal.: “The stork has her home in the fir trees” (Ps 104:17), but those that stay for the summer