Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)

While the Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) breeds in stands of mature forests it uses shallow areas of streams and ponds for foraging. Because the Rhön is one of the most important brood areas in Hessen, better food availability in an area that is low in disturbance will improve the continuance situation of this bird.
To achieve better food availability in the Rhön moist and wet grasslands will be maintained and if possible rewetted. Further, the use of the grassland will be extensified by abandoning fertilizers and biocides.

profile of black stork (Ciconia nigra)

Description: Black head and torso, only belly is white; adults with red bill and legs
Size: 100 cm
Weight: 3000 g
Wingspan: 190 cm
Breeding Season: April to June
Brood: 1 brood per year
Breeding habitat: In trees and on rocks in forests close to streams or ponds
Number of eggs: 3-5 eggs
Brooding period: 36 days
Food: Fish, frogs insects, small mammals, birds, worms
Lifespan: 20 years
Migratory bird: Yes
Threats: Draining, Clearing in mature forests
Measures: C.6 Development of feeding habitats for the Black Stork


Black Stork - picture: Arnulf Müller

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