White Stork

white stork

Size
Can grow between 100-125cm tall, with a wingspan of 155-200cm, and a weight of 2.3-4.5kg.

Habitat and Distribution
The European sub-species is distributed across much of Europe, the middle east and west-central Asia.

Age
Wild birds can live and reproduce successfully past 30 years.

Diet
Consists mainly on frogs and large insects, but also young birds, lizards and rodents.

Groups and Breeding
White Stork’s breed in open farmland areas with access to marshy wetlands, building a stick nest in trees, on buildings. They lay between 3-5 eggs, with incubation lasting 33-34 days, once hatched the young birds stay in the nest for approximately 8-9 weeks.

Threats
Include drainage of wetlands and other agricultural intensification, collisions with overhead power lines, use of persistent pesticides to combat locusts in Africa, and hunting on passage.

Interesting fact’s
There are two subspecies:-
Ciconia ciconia ciconia Linnaeus, 1758. (Europe,northwest Africa, westernmost Asia; wintering in Africa.)
Ciconia ciconia asiatica Severtsov, 1873. (West-central Asia; wintering in India)