White Storks

The white stork is a large bird standing at over one meter tall with long legs and a long beak. They are mostly white with black wings that can span up to two meters! These these large broad wings help with their long migrations. They spend their summer breeding seasons in Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa then travel South in huge flocks of thousands of birds to Sub-Saharan Africa where they spend their winters.

Scientific name
Ciconia ciconia
Family
Ciconiidae
Order
Ciconiiformes
Lifespan
up to 25 years in the wild
Fast facts
White storks were once native to Britain but stopped breeding here in the 15th Century
They use warm rising air currents to aid their migration
A group of storks is called a 'mustering'
They often use the same nest year after year
In hot climates they will poo on their legs to cool down
Conservation status
Least concern
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