Order Ciconiiformes

Family Ciconiidae

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  • Large wading birds with long neck and legs; bill long and sometimes heavy.
  • All regions except Antarctic; marginal in Nearctic. Greatest diversity in tropics.
  • Variety of wetlands, with some species in grassland and forest; generally warm continental areas.
  • 75-152 cm.
  • 6 genera, 20 species, 24 taxa.
  • 6 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Elliott, A. (2019). Storks (Ciconiidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52205 on 11 December 2019).