Wildwood Group
Wildwood Group
Wildwood Group

White Stork

Ciconia ciconia

The White Stork is a large wading bird. It is completely white except for the black wing flight feathers and its red bill and legs, which are black on juveniles. It walks slowly and steadily on the ground. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched. It is strong migrant wintering mainly in tropical Africa, down to the south of South Africa, and also in the Indian subcontinent, relying on thermals of hot air for long distance flight.

White stork bones have been found in excavations at Roman Silchester and a pair were recorded to have nested at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh in 1416. These were once common birds throughout the United Kingdom but were hunted to extinction, as they were an easy food source.