Black Stork

Ciconia nigra (Linnaeus, 1758) OS BLAST 1310
Family: Ciconiiformes > Ciconiidae

Black Stork, Edmund Fellowes

This large, glossy black bird, with white underparts to its body and a small amount of white in the wing, breeds in eastern Europe and migrates to Africa. It is a rare but regular visitor to Britain & Ireland.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1.4k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.4k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This scarce visitor is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Black Stork breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Black Storks are very rare with occasional records in spring and autumn.

Weekly occurence of Black Stork from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.

Foreign locations of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland

Foreign locations of Black Stork ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland
Encountered in: Winter (Nov-Feb); Spring (Mar-Apr); Summer (May-Jul); Autumn (Aug-Oct)


Lifecycle and body size information about Black Stork, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Gaelic: Corra-dhubh
Welsh: Ciconia Du
Catalan: cigonya negra
Czech: cáp cerný
Danish: Sort Stork
Dutch: Zwarte Ooievaar
Estonian: must-toonekurg
Finnish: mustahaikara
French: Cigogne noire
German: Schwarzstorch
Hungarian: fekete gólya
Icelandic: Kolstorkur
Irish: Storc Dubh
Italian: Cicogna nera
Latvian: melnais starkis, goris
Lithuanian: juodasis gandras
Norwegian: Svartstork
Polish: bocian czarny
Portuguese: cegonha-preta
Slovak: bocian cierny
Slovenian: crna štorklja
Spanish: Cigüeña negra
Swedish: svart stork

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