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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

List of South African Birds

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