The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia ciconia) is a large common bird in Europe, Asia, southern Africa, and northwest Africa.
The White Stork has white feathers with black flight feather. It has a long neck and long red legs. Its bright red beak is straight and pointed. Its eyes are light brown or grey.
It can grow to 100-125 centimetres (39-49 inches) tall, with a wingspan of 155-215 centimetres (61-85 inches).
The White Stork is a migratory bird, travelling long distances in the winter, from Europe to Africa or Asia (usually India).
When it flies, its neck is stretched forward, and its legs are stretched backwards.
It is a carnivore, eating insects, fish, frogs, toads, reptiles, birds, and mammals. It finds its food on the ground or in shallow water.
The White Stork prefers grasslands, farmlands or shallow wetlands.
It is a social bird, living in large flocks of thousands of individuals.
Both the male and female White Stork build their nest, which is very large and re-used each year. Females lay about 4 eggs, which hatch after 33-34 days. Both parents sit on the eggs and both parents feed their young chicks. The chicks leave the nest after 58-64 days, but the parents continue to feed the young for another 1-3 weeks.
The White Stork lives to about 35 years.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM