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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Black Stork

Afrikaans name: Grootswartooievaar

Black Stork feeding on a fish

Photo © Steven Herbert

Ciconia nigra

The Black Stork has a very widespread distribution. It is founf from Japan through Asia and Europe and down to South Africa.

It is normally found near water including wetlands, rivers, lagoons, dams and more.

Fish make up the main portion of the diet of the Black Stork but it also eats frogs, nestling birds, insects and snails.

Black Storks pair for life and normally make their nests on cliffs. They lay between 2 and 5 eggs. Both parents tend to the eggs and chicks. The chicks only leave the nest after about 2 months.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 43

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 179

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 179

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 56

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 24

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 6

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 28

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 23

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 10

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 36

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 58

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 78

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 78

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 29

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 46

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 52

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 65

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 66

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 64

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 68

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 36

The Rare Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P.A. Clancey - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 65

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 86

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 36

List of South African Birds

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