White Stork ( Ciconia ciconia )
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The white stork belongs to the most famous birds. Not only because of the myth linked between newborns and storks, but also because of its natural beauty and elegance. The stork, in Latin known as Ciconia ciconia, is approximately 110 cm (43 inches) long. Its slim body has got mainly white plumage and a black band on the wings. The bill as well as the legs are red colored. The males and the females are similar. Watching them flying is always a spectacular moment.
The white stork inhabits different parts of the world depending on the season. During winter they inhabit northern, western and south-eastern parts of Africa and Asia. In April they return back to Europe for summer time. Their long journey back to Africa begins in August. They live in large nests made of sticks, dry grass and other vegetation. Their nests are generally close to water areas.
This incredibly elegant birds feed on fish, amphibians, invertebrates and even small mammals. They lay up to five eggs, which are pure white.