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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ciconiidae
Genus:Ciconia
Genus species:Ciconia ciconia

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:100-115 cm
Height:1 m
Weight:3-5 kg
Identification:The white stork is white with black flight feathers. Its bill, legs, and feet are red.
Habitat:Open country, marshes, rice fields, steppes
Diet:Carnivore: frogs, mollusks, crabs, insects (especially grasshoppers), small mammals
Reproduction:The breeding season starts in March, each bird having the same partner each year. Nests are built on buildings or in trees. Three to five eggs are laid by the female. White storks can live for more than 30 years.
White storks arrive to an area and then split into small bands but roost communally in trees.
Behavior:The white stork has the common name of locust bird because its movements are largely dependent on food supplies, and many times it will follow locust swarms as long as they exist.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The white stork does not have a call, but they make considerable chattering noise with their bills.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Europe
Middle East
Northern Africa
Date:1974-01 Subjects:European stork
long-legged wading bird
White stork
Ciconia
Storks
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata