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 110 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 48 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago 1 min 55 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 214 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
Adult arriving at nest at sunset.
Locality Segovia, Castile and Leon, Spain (ssp ciconia)
Luis Miguel Ruiz Gordón 15 March 2014 10 weeks ago 4.5
Standing in a pasture where it just landed with five others
Locality Lettelbert, Groningen Province, Netherlands (ssp ciconia)
Peter Vercruijsse 8 May 2013 47 weeks ago 4.5
Contenders in season.
Locality Lleida Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp ciconia)
Fran Trabalon 13 March 2011 2 years ago 4.5
European White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Locality Arcachon Bay, Gironde, Aquitanie, France
Jacques Erard 18 April 2011 1 year ago 4.4
with a chick in the nest
Locality Racconigi, Piedmont Region, Italy
Cristiano Crolle 23 May 2013 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 1 year ago 4
A pair clappering bills. Locality Axios Delta, Central Macedonia Region, Greece
Theo Mamais 30 March 2008 2 years 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
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Birds clappering bills. Locality Margit (Margaret) Island, Budapest, Hungary
Eric Roualet 18 February 2014 10 weeks ago 0