The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a large bird in the stork family
Ciconiidae. Its plumage is mainly white, with black on its wings. Adults
have long red legs and long pointed red beaks, and measure on average
100–115 cm (39–45 in) from beak tip to end of tail, with a 155–215
cm (61–85 in) wingspan. The two subspecies, which differ slightly in
size, breed in Europe (north to Finland), northwestern Africa,
southwestern Asia (east to southern Kazakhstan), and southern Africa.
The White Stork is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Africa from
tropical Sub-Saharan Africa to as far south as South Africa, or on the
Indian subcontinent. A carnivore, the White Stork eats a wide range of
animal prey, including insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, small
mammals, and small birds. It takes most of its food from the ground,
among low vegetation, and from shallow water. It is a monogamous
breeder, but does not pair for life. This conspicuous bird has given
rise to many legends across its range, of which the best-known is the
story of babies being brought by storks.
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