Adult Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) on the nest at Monfrague National Park, Spain - April 2016
Local Name (Spain): Ciguena Nigra - ("Black Stork")
The Black Stork is the other large Stork of Europe, but unlike the White Stork, is a far more secretive bird found in remote places. It is a more specialised species tied to fresh water habitats and forest in which it breeds. Generally a difficult to see species, in the Monfrague National park there is a nest that can be viewed from one of the watch-points, and birds can be seen flying over. However, even with these advantages they still can be reliably seen only at considerably greater distance than the urban-dwelling White Stork, which from a selfish standpoint is a shame as I would generally regard the Black Stork as the more handsome of the two.
Subspecies: None - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Scarce and Local Resident- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Seen at Monfrague (2 adults in flight, 1 adult on the nest)
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List