White Stork nest

What does the White Stork nest look like?

The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large bird in the Ciconiidae family of storks. 

The White Stork migrates from Europe to Africa or Asia to breed, travelling long distances. It breeds in open farmlands near water.

The male and female White Stork build their nest together. They build a very large nest, made of twigs, in tall trees, on the top of chimneys, and on tall posts or platforms. The nest is extra large and on an extra tall structure for extra safety. They re-use the nest each year. 

The nest is 80-150 centimetres (30-60 inches) wide and 100-200 centimetres (39-79 inches) deep. 

The female lays about 4 whitish eggs. Both parents sit on the eggs, which hatch after about 34 days. The eggs measure about 7 centimetres (3 inches) long. The chicks leave the nest after 58-64 days, but the parents continue to feed them worms and insects for another 7-20 days.

Location of photograph: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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