A large wading bird (the Hebrew word usually translated as “stork” could also appropriately be translated “heron”). Two species of storks migrate through Palestine in spring: the white stork (Ciconia ciconia) and the black stork (Ciconia nigra). Jer. 8:7 probably refers to the seasonal appearance of the stork, whereas (Ps 104:17 “has its home in the fir trees”) enigmatically refers to storks once nesting in Palestine. (Zech 5:9) compares the wings of angels to those of a stork, although the latter was considered to be an unclean animal (Lev 11:19; Deut 14:18).

Ps 104:17

17In them the birds build their nests;
the stork has its home in the fir trees.

Zech 5:9

9Then I looked up and saw two women coming forward. The wind was in their wings; they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between ... View more

Lev 11:19

19the stork, the heron of any kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.

Deut 14:18

18the stork, the heron, of any kind; the hoopoe and the bat.

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