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5

Black Stork

(Ciconia nigra)
German name(s): "Schwarzstorch"
Size: 0.9-1.05 m; wing span 1.75-2.05 m
Weight: 2.9 kg (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black Stork at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of adult Black Storks in a shallow wetland, with a Grey Heron at the back (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Family of Black Storks - adults on the right, immature birds on the left - resting in shallow water together with a small flock of Eurasian Spoonbills in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2015]

Comparison of a Black Stork with a Grey Heron and a Great (White) Egret (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil Dam, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2019]

Near-frontal view of a Black Stork banking to the right; note the six prominent "fingers" (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Lateral/ventral view of a Black Stork in flight; note the purple/green iridescence on the neck that is described in field guides but rarely seen this clearly in nature (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Lateral/ventral view of a Black Stork in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2018]

Lateral view of a Black Stork in low flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug Landscape Park, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, May 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Black Stork in low flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of Black Storks in flight, heading towards their winter quarters; two adults at the top, two juveniles below
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2018]

Black Storks and other birds making use of a thermal to gain altitude before heading across the strait of Gibraltar to Africa
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Family of Black Storks, adults on the right, immature birds on the left, resting in shallow water together with a small flock of Eurasian Spoonbills in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2015]

Lateral view of a juvenile Black Stork (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Dorsal view of a juvenile Black Stork, with an adult behind (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a Black Stork with its catch, a fish; in the background a Great [White] Egret (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Black Stork with its catch, a fish (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2018]

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