Friday, 22 April 2016

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)

 Adult Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) on the nest at Monfrague National Park, Spain - April 2016

Local Name (Spain): Ciguena Nigra - ("Black Stork")
Weight: 3kg
Length: 95-100cm
Wingspan: 145-155cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

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.

Related Species:
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconidae
Genus: Ciconia
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

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