European white stork in exhibit

European White Stork

Scientific Name

Ciconia ciconia

Class

Aves

Order

Ciconiiformes

Range

Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia

Habitat

Wetlands, savannas, meadows, and fields

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
European white stork in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Large birds, European white storks can reach up to 40 inches in height and have a wingspan measuring up to eight feet across. Their white body feathers are offset by black wing feathers. Long, thin legs enable them to wade easily through shallow water, where they hunt insects, frogs, rodents, lizards, snakes, and small birds. They often live and nest near humans, favoring tall trees, chimneys, and rooftops as nesting sites.

Interesting Fact 1

European white storks use their long, pointed bill to spear prey.

Interesting Fact 2

They are monogamous, meaning breeding pairs mate for life.

Interesting Fact 3

These birds return to the same nest every year, with the male arriving a few days before the female to repair and enlarge the structure.

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