White stork

The folktale bird that brings the babies!

This vastly popular graceful bird has a stocky body, distinctive long neck, conical pointed red beak, and slender legs for wading through deep water and grass. The bright white plumage contrasts with black bands on the wings and eyes. Their voice box (syrinx) is not developed, so there are no calls; they greet each other by chattering the bills.

They are opportunistic feeders and dine mainly on animals. These social birds are migratory and cover up to 10,000 km to reach Africa to escape the harsh winter in Europe. They depend on thermal lifts for gliding and avoid exhausting wing flapping.

They are lofty nesters. Nests are huge and are reused for years.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Passage
Albania
2016
Breeding
Algeria
2016
Angola
2016
Antigua & Barbuda
2016
Vagrant
Armenia
652 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Austria
2016
Breeding
Azerbaijan
2016
Bahrain
2016
Passage
Bangladesh
2016
Belarus
20,000 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Breeding
Belgium
2016
Benin
2016
Bosnia And Herz.
2016
Breeding
Botswana
2016
Bulgaria
4,956 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Burkina Faso
2016
Burundi
2016
Cameroon
2016
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Chad
2016
China
2016
Congo-Brazzaville
2016
Vagrant
Croatia
2016
Breeding
Cyprus
2016
Passage
Czechia
2016
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Denmark
8 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Reestablished
Djibouti
2016
Egypt
2016
Eritrea
2016
Estonia
2016
Breeding
Eswatini
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Finland
2016
Vagrant
France
973 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Gabon
2016
Gambia
2016
Vagrant
Georgia
2016
Germany
4,482 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Breeding
Ghana
2016
Gibraltar
2016
Passage
Greece
2,139 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Guinea-Bissau
2016
Guinea
2016
Hungary
5,300 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Iceland
2016
Vagrant
India
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Ireland
2016
Vagrant
Israel
2016
Italy
2016
Jordan
2016
Passage
Kazakhstan
2016
Breeding
Kenya
2016
Passage
Kuwait
2016
Passage
Kyrgyzstan
2016
Breeding
Latvia
10,700 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Lebanon
2016
Passage
Lesotho
2016
Liberia
2016
Vagrant
Libya
2016
Liechtenstein
2016
Lithuania
13,000 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Breeding
Luxembourg
2016
Malawi
2016
Mali
2016
Malta
2016
Mauritania
2016
Moldova
2016
Montenegro
2016
Morocco
2016
Mozambique
2016
Namibia
2016
Nepal
2016
Netherlands
528 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
North Macedonia
2016
Norway
2016
Vagrant
Oman
2016
Pakistan
2016
Poland
52,500 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Portugal
7,684 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Qatar
2016
Passage
Romania
5,500 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Russia
10,200 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Vagrant: Central Asian Russia
Rwanda
2016
Saint Helena
2016
Vagrant
Saudi Arabia
2016
Passage
Senegal
2016
Serbia
2016
Seychelles
2016
Vagrant
Sierra Leone
2016
Vagrant
Slovakia
2016
Slovenia
2016
Somalia
2016
South Africa
2016
South Sudan
2016
Non-Breeding
Spain
33,217 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Passage: Canary Is.
Sri Lanka
2016
Sudan
2016
Sweden
2016
Breeding
Switzerland
1,227
Official estimate
LC
2016
Syria
2016
Passage
São Tomé & Príncipe
2016
Vagrant
Tajikistan
2016
Breeding
Tanzania
2016
Thailand
2016
Togo
2016
Tunisia
2016
Turkey
6,195 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
Turkmenistan
2016
Breeding
UAE
2016
Passage
Uganda
2016
Ukraine
30,000 pairs
Official estimate
LC
2016
United Kingdom
2016
Vagrant
Uzbekistan
2016
Breeding
Yemen
2016
Zambia
2016
Zimbabwe
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No