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About the Black Stork

Also known as: European Black Stork

The Black Stork is a species of stork that breeds in central and eastern parts of Europe. Strongly migratory, they winter in parts of Africa and India.

They feed on fish, amphibians and insects which they find by foraging in wetlands.

Black Storks are solitary and wary, unlike its cousin, the more gregarious White Stork. They are glossy irisdescent black with white bellies and bright orange-red beaks and legs.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 April 2010
Scientific Name Ciconia nigra
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Ciconia
  • C. nigra
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
70 to 70 inches
105 to 105 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe South Europe West Asia East Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • čáp černý (Czech)
  • Sort Stork (Danish)
  • Zwarte Ooievaar (Dutch)
  • Mustahaikara (Finnish)
  • Cigogne Noire (French)
  • Schwarzstorch (German)
  • Cicogna Nera (Italian)
  • ナベコウ(Nabekou) (Japanese)
  • 먹황새 (Korean)
  • Svartstork (Norwegian)
  • Bocian Czarny (Polish)
  • Черный аист (Russian)
  • Cigüeña Negra (Spanish)
  • Svart Stork (Swedish)

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