Les échassiers

Title: Les échassiers
Translated Title: 
The Wading Birds
The wading Birds are the "birds of the shore." Their long longs, real stilts, allow them to walk in water without getting their body wet. They dig through the mud with their beaks,"fitted on a long neck." There they find larvae, worms with which they feed themselves. There fingers are long, sometimes surrounded with a membrane, thanks to which they can walk without sinking, on the mud of the swamps. The stork (height: 1 meter) is a type of wading bird, its beak is long and sharp. It builds its nest near houses. She leaves the nest at the end of autumn and migrates to Africa. I. Birds of the Shore. The Heron (height: .7 meters) is a hunter of fish. Here is the crane(0.70 m) ,it migrates in winter. A crowned crane at the head with an adorned tuft. The marabout (height: 1.5 meters) lives in Africa, India, and Indo-China. Note its long and robus beak, its bare head. The spatule (height: .5 meters) lives in Northern Europe. It digs through the mud with its flattened beak. II. Swimming Birds. Flamingos (height: 1.4 meters)live in large groups. On the edge of the brackish (Mediterranean Countries, Central Asia). The moorhen: (length: .35 meters) lives on the edge of swamps and small rivers. III. Running shorebirds. The woodcock (length: .35 meters) is hunted for its meat which is very valuable. The knight-combattant (length: 30 cm) lives in Europe. Note its sharp toungue. The avocet (length: 35 cm) lives on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Note the curved form of its beak. IV Shorebirds of Fields. The bustard (height: 1 meter) is hunted for its meat. The lapwing (height: 30 cm) has a crest on its head. It leaves Africa in the spring to go to Europe.