Black stork

The stork with the widest geographic range

Soner Bekir

Not all storks are white; this stork has black plumage highly glossed with purple, bronze, and green, while the underparts are white.

They are seen in marshy areas, rivers, and inland waters. They are distributed in parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, having the broadest geographical range in storks. They are migratory with few (population) exceptions. This wary and shy bird avoids humans and prefers tall trees of old & mature forests and woodlands for nesting. Depending on the habitat may nest in cliffs or quarries too.

They are not very social but migrate in flocks of hundreds. The peculiar chee-leee calls and up-down displays are generally used for communication.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Passage
Albania
2016
Breeding
Algeria
2016
Angola
2016
Armenia
2016
Breeding
Austria
2016
Breeding
Azerbaijan
2016
Breeding
Belarus
2016
Breeding
Belgium
2016
Breeding
Benin
2016
Non-Breeding
Bhutan
2016
Bosnia And Herz.
2016
Breeding
Botswana
2016
Bulgaria
2016
Burkina Faso
2016
Vagrant
Cameroon
2016
Vagrant
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Chad
2016
Vagrant
China
2016
Croatia
2016
Cyprus
2016
Passage
Czechia
2016
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Vagrant
Denmark
2016
Passage
Djibouti
2016
Egypt
2016
Eritrea
2016
Estonia
2016
Breeding
Eswatini
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Finland
2016
Vagrant
France
2016
Gambia
2016
Vagrant
Georgia
2016
Germany
2016
Breeding
Ghana
2016
Vagrant
Gibraltar
2016
Passage
Greece
2016
Guinea-Bissau
2016
Guinea
2016
Hong Kong
2016
Hungary
2016
India
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Non-Breeding
Ireland
2016
Vagrant
Israel
2016
Italy
2016
Japan
2016
Jordan
2016
Kazakhstan
2016
Breeding
Kenya
2016
Korea
2016
Kuwait
2016
Passage
Kyrgyzstan
2016
Breeding
Laos
2016
Latvia
2016
Breeding
Lebanon
2016
Passage
Lesotho
2016
Libya
2016
Liechtenstein
2016
Vagrant
Lithuania
2016
Breeding
Luxembourg
2016
Breeding
Malawi
2016
Mali
2016
Vagrant
Malta
2016
Mauritania
2016
Moldova
2016
Mongolia
2016
Breeding
Montenegro
2016
Morocco
2016
Mozambique
2016
Myanmar
2016
Non-Breeding
Namibia
2016
Nepal
2016
Netherlands
2016
Niger
2016
Vagrant
Nigeria
2016
North Korea
2016
North Macedonia
2016
Norway
2016
Vagrant
Oman
2016
Non-Breeding
Pakistan
2016
Poland
2016
Portugal
2016
Qatar
2016
Vagrant
Romania
2016
Russia
2016
Breeding
Rwanda
2016
Vagrant
Saudi Arabia
2016
Senegal
2016
Serbia
2016
Slovakia
2016
Slovenia
2016
Somalia
2016
Vagrant
South Africa
2016
Breeding
South Sudan
2016
Non-Breeding
Spain
2016
Sri Lanka
2016
Sudan
2016
Sweden
2016
Breeding
Switzerland
2016
Syria
2016
Passage
Taiwan
2016
Tajikistan
2016
Breeding
Tanzania
2016
Thailand
2016
Togo
2016
Tunisia
2016
Turkey
2016
Turkmenistan
2016
UAE
2016
Passage
Uganda
2016
Ukraine
2016
United Kingdom
2016
Vagrant
Uzbekistan
2016
Breeding
Vietnam
2016
Yemen
2016
Zambia
2016
Zimbabwe
2016
Breeding

Did you know?

  • Ukraine possesses a significant part of the European Black Stork population, which may be underestimated. No detailed studie have been conducted so far. This is an important location as a territory of breeding range margin, where the European Forest zone borders with steppes.
  • This is an indicator species for sustainable forestry.

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No