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Black Stork

Ciconia nigra

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Black Storks in Poland

The Black Stork is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It is by no means as widespread as the White Stork, but does breed in several parts of Poland. The Black Stork is nearly 1 m tall with a wingspan of 1.8 m. The bird is all black, except for a white belly, and red bill and legs. It walks slowly and steadily on the ground. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched. Black Storks normally breed in large marshy wetlands with interspersed coniferous or broadleaved woodlands. It builds a stick nest high in trees. This is a shy and wary species, unlike the closely related White Stork. The Black Stork, feeds mainly on fish and also amphibians and insects. This stork has a rasping call, but rarely indulges in mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest. More about Black Storks.

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See also: Bird Photographs from Poland

White Stork   Great Bustard   Black Stork

Birds often seen by visitors to this part of Poland include: white stork, black stork, green woodpecker, black woodpecker, corncrake, white tailed eagle, honey buzzard, egret, cormorant, bittern, heron, shag, gannet, storm petrel, black kite, red kite, fish eagle, osprey, golden eagle, Goshawk, hen harrier, sparrowhawk, eagle owl, little owl, and woodcock. Full bird list for Poland.

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