French: Cigogne noire German: Schwarzstorch Spanish: Cigüeña negra
Breeds across Palearctic, mostly c. 40°–60° N; also in scattered populations from Malawi and Namibia to South Africa. Winters in NE, sub-Saharan and S Africa, and from W India (Gujarat) E through N India and N Indochina to SE & E China, Taiwan and South Korea; some individuals (few hundreds) resident in SW Spain#R.
95–100 cm; c. 3 kg; wingspan 144–180 cm. Male averages larger. Black upperparts with a green and purple gloss. Tail black; white undertail-coverts often... read more
Usually silent away from breeding locality. Around nest, a series of drawn-out piping raptor-like... read more
Generally prefers undisturbed open woodland, foraging in streams, pools, marshes, riverbanks,... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fish, such as loaches (Misgurnus) and pike (Esox lucius); also amphibia, insects, snails, crabs and small reptiles... read more
Commences in spring in Palearctic and in Cape Province, South Africa. Those nesting further N in S Africa mainly breed during cool dry... read more
Largely migratory. W Palearctic populations chiefly winter in sub-Saharan Africa, mainly in the... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Global population estimated by Wetlands International at 24,000–44,000 birds: some regional population are increasing, others... read more
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