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About the White Stork

The White Stork is a large wading bird that breeds in Europe south of Estonia, northwest Africa and the southwest of Asia. These Storks are strong migrants and winter in tropical Africa all the way to South Africa and India.

White Storks use thermals of hot air to travel large distances as they migrate between Europe and Africa.

According to mythology, storks are responsible for bringing babies to new parents. It is the national bird of Poland and Lithuania and the symbol of the city of The Hague in the Netherlands.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 November 2008
Scientific Name Ciconia ciconia
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Ciconia
  • C. ciconia
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 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
40 to 50 inches
61 to 79 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • čáp Bílý (Czech)
  • Hvid Stork (Danish)
  • Ooievaar (Dutch)
  • Kattohaikara (Finnish)
  • Cigogne Blanche (French)
  • Weißstorch (German)
  • Cicogna Bianca (Italian)
  • シュバシコウ (Kounotori) (Japanese)
  • 황새 (Hwangsae) (Korean)
  • Stork (Norwegian)
  • Bocian Biały (Polish)
  • Белый аист (Russian)
  • Cigüeña Blanca (Spanish)
  • Vit Stork (Swedish)

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