White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
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DescriptionWS: 180 - 218cm; L: 95 - 110cm
A large bird with black and white plumage, a red bill and red legs.
Its stronghold is in eastern Europe, also in Spain, the Balkans and Turkey. It is an occasional vagrant in the British Isles.
It breeds in open farmland with access to swampy rivers, marshes and floodlands. Nests are often built on house roofs, church towers and telegraph poles. They will also use artificial platforms.
White Storks are gregarious. They spend the winter in tropical or southern Africa, and return to Europe in April to breed.
The White Stork is of Least Concern on the IUCN list.