European White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) - HBW 1, p. 460
French: Cigogne blanche
Spanish: Cigüeña Blanca
Other common names: White Stork
Taxonomy: Ardea Ciconia Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Until recently considered to include C. boyciana, but now generally accepted as separate species (see page 436). Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- ciconia (Linnaeus, 1758) - Europe, W Asia, S Africa; winters mostly tropical Africa and S Africa.
- asiatica Severtsov, 1873 - Turkestan; winters Iran to India.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 109 videos
European White Stork adults breeding in a group of pines and during "bill-clattering". Locality Monfragüe National Park, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (ssp ciconia)
Pierandrea Brichetti 13 May 2008 27 weeks ago 45 sec 4.8
Three birds calling and displaying on a pond. Locality El Cortalet, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp ciconia)
Josep del Hoyo 12 August 2013 43 weeks ago 25 sec 4.8
Mating behavior. Extremely clean after a week of intermittent rain. Locality Manzanares el Real, Madrid, Spain
Eduardo Tejeda Lima 26 January 2013 1 year ago 30 sec 4.7
Adult feeding the young in the nest. Locality Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid, Spain
Eduardo Tejeda Lima 12 May 2013 47 weeks ago 25 sec 4.6
Courtship scene Locality Extremadura, Spain (ssp ciconia)
Juan Sanabria 1 April 2009 3 years ago 30 sec 4.6
Two birds resting in a field, later a bird claps a few times with it's bill and go to look for food. Locality Lelystad, Flevoland Province, Netherlands (ssp ciconia)
Yoel Jimenez 24 August 2013 39 weeks ago 1 min 55 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 182 photos
An adult White Stork flying low over the Dutch countryside.
Locality Netherlands (ssp ciconia)
Gerard Visser 12 September 2009 4 years ago 4.6
Standing in a pasture where it just landed with five others
Locality Lettelbert, Groningen Province, Netherlands (ssp ciconia)
Peter Vercruijsse 8 May 2013 26 weeks ago 4.5
Contenders in season.
Locality Lleida Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp ciconia)
Fran Trabalon 13 March 2011 1 year ago 4.5
European White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Locality Arcachon Bay, Gironde, Aquitanie, France
Jacques Erard 18 April 2011 34 weeks ago 4.4
with a chick in the nest
Locality Racconigi, Piedmont Region, Italy
Cristiano Crolle 23 May 2013 1 year ago 4.4
Dispute over food.
Locality Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp ciconia)
Fran Trabalon 3 February 2012 1 year ago 4.4
An individual arriving at nest and bill-clapping with the other member of a pair, who's in the nest yet. Locality Parc Pairi Daiza (Paradisio), Cambron-Casteau, Brugelette, Hainaut Province, Belgium
Josep del Hoyo 4 June 2010 3 years ago 4.3
Calls by three birds displaying on a pond. Locality El Cortalet, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain
Josep del Hoyo 12 August 2013 43 weeks ago 4
A pair clappering bills. Locality Axios Delta, Central Macedonia Region, Greece
Theo Mamais 30 March 2008 1 year ago 4
Bill-clapping on a nest during the breeding season Locality Rabat, Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer Region, Morocco
Joe Angseesing 19 March 2008 4 years ago 3.7