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European White Stork Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Ciconia ciconia
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia

  • Status

    Common. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the European Stork Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    Wetlands, savannas, meadows and fields

  • Niche

    The European white stork's long, pointed bill is well-adapted to spearing prey. The birds enjoy a diverse diet, feeding on insects, frogs, rodents, lizards, snakes and small birds.

  • Life History

    The European white stork often lives and nests near humans, favoring tall trees, chimneys or rooftops for nesting sites. The species is monogamous, meaning breeding pairs mate for life. They return to the same nest site every year, with the male arriving a few days before the female to repair and enlarge the structure. Nests can reach up to seven feet across and are constructed from sticks, grass, paper and other found items.


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