Cigogne blanche au parc animalier Le PAL
Cigogne blanche en plein vol au parc Le PAL dans l'Allier
Cigogne blanche qui prend son envol au parc animalier Le PAL

White stork

Scientific name :
Ciconia ciconia
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White and black in colour, with a large red bill, the white stork is the best-known member of the larger stork family. This symbol of birth is faithful and generally nests close to humans, often on chimneys or rooftops. It is a large wader, a magnificent glider and one of the largest migratory birds, able to cover several thousand kilometres to reach its wintering grounds in Africa. It has suffered from hunting and collisions with medium and high voltage electricity lines, but measures of protection adopted in recent years have enabled the white stork to recolonise several regions in France.


The geographic distribution of the white stork

White storks nest in Western and Central Europe. They migrate to Africa for the winter.

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Each year couples refresh their nests, which can be very large and weigh several hundred kilos.
Exposed agricultural zones, marshes and pastures close to Europe's wetlands.
Length: 90 to 115 cm
Wingspan: 195 to 215 cm.
Weight: 3 to 3.5 kg.
Fish, amphibians, insects, earthworms and small rodents.
Longevity: 20 to 30 years.
Lays: 2 eggs (sometimes 3).
Brooding: around 30 days.
Sexual maturity: 3 years

Conservation status

Stable Threatened Critically endangered

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