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

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

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

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

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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