French: Cigogne blanche German: Weißstorch Spanish: Cigüeña blanca
Other common names:
European White Stork
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. ciconia
(Linnaeus, 1758) – N Africa, Europe, W Asia and S Africa; winters mostly in tropical Africa and S Africa.
C. c. asiatica
Severtsov, 1873 – Turkestan; winters mainly in India.
100–102 cm; 2·3–4·4 kg; wingspan 155–165 cm. Males average larger. Black orbital skin, iris dark brown or grey; pale band on secondaries not... read more
Silent away from the nest, practically mute. At nest, can utter a weak hiss. Adults often perform... read more
A species of open country, frequenting a diversity of humid and dry habitats. It is perhaps more... read more
Food and feeding
The diet is very varied although entirely of animal origin. The species is essentially opportunistic, taking whatever large invertebrates... read more
The breeding season begins during February–April in the Palearctic, although overwintering birds or early returners may visit their... read more
Principally migratory. Migrants travel in flocks that may number hundreds of individuals or even... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Increasing, after a period of marked decline. The bulk of the population inhabits Europe, including Turkey and W Russia, which holds... read more
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