The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

White Stork

Afrikaans name: Witooievaar

White Stork

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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.

References and further reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 105

Southern Africas Threatened Wildlife - Author: John Ledger - Published: 1990 - Page: 34

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

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

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

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

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 29

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

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 29

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

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

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

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: 50

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

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

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

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

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