White Stork

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 November 2008
Scientific Name
Ciconia ciconia
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Ciconia
  • C. ciconia
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 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
40 to 50 inches
61 to 79 inches


International Names

Czech (Cesky) čáp Bílý
Danish (Dansk) Hvid Stork
Dutch (Nederlands) Ooievaar
Finnish (Suomi) Kattohaikara
French (Français) Cigogne Blanche
German (Deutsch) Weißstorch
Italian (Italiano) Cicogna Bianca
Japanese (日本語) シュバシコウ (Kounotori)
Korean (한국어) 황새 (Hwangsae)
Norwegian (Norsk) Stork
Polish (Polski) Bocian Biały
Russian (русский язык) Белый аист
Spanish (Español) Cigüeña Blanca
Swedish (Svenska) Vit Stork
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