Black Stork

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 14 April 2010
Scientific Name
Ciconia nigra
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Ciconia
  • C. nigra
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
70 to 70 inches
105 to 105 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) čáp černý
Danish (Dansk) Sort Stork
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwarte Ooievaar
Finnish (Suomi) Mustahaikara
French (Français) Cigogne Noire
German (Deutsch) Schwarzstorch
Italian (Italiano) Cicogna Nera
Japanese (日本語) ナベコウ(Nabekou)
Korean (한국어) 먹황새
Norwegian (Norsk) Svartstork
Polish (Polski) Bocian Czarny
Russian (русский язык) Черный аист
Spanish (Español) Cigüeña Negra
Swedish (Svenska) Svart Stork
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