The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Black Stork

Afrikaans name: Grootswartooievaar

Black Stork feeding on a fish

Photo © Steven Herbert

Ciconia nigra

The Black Stork has a very widespread distribution. It is founf from Japan through Asia and Europe and down to South Africa.

It is normally found near water including wetlands, rivers, lagoons, dams and more.

Fish make up the main portion of the diet of the Black Stork but it also eats frogs, nestling birds, insects and snails.

Black Storks pair for life and normally make their nests on cliffs. They lay between 2 and 5 eggs. Both parents tend to the eggs and chicks. The chicks only leave the nest after about 2 months.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 36

The Rare Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P.A. Clancey - Published: 1985 - Page: 65

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Published: 1989 - Page: 86

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 29

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 68

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 36

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 64

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 66

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 65

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 52

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 46

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 78

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 78

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 58

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 36

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 10

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 23

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 33

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 28

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 6

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 24

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 56

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 49

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 179

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 179

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 43


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