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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

White Stork

Afrikaans name: Witooievaar

White Stork

Photo © Steven Herbert

Ciconia ciconia

The White Stork breeds in Europe during the European summer and heads south, as far as South Africa, during the European winter. During the South African summer months it is quite a common site to see these birds on grasslands and farm fields.

The storks walk slowly through the fields looking for prey items such as insects, caterpillars, small rodents, nestling birds and carrion. They may also hunt fish in shallow waters.

White Storks nest on houses and other man-made structures in Europe. The nest is huge and made of sticks. Up to 6 eggs are laid and the eggs and chicks are tended to by both parents.

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References and further reading

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

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 178

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 178

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

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

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: 29

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 22

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

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 26

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 34

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 60

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

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

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 11

Rare Birds of the World - Author: Guy Mountford & Norman Arlott - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 35

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 29

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

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 53

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 64

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 65

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

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

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

Southern Africa's Threatened Wildlife - Author: John Ledger - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 34

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1979 - Page: 4

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 82

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

List of South African Birds

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