Black Stork Ciconia nigra   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Ciconiiformes Family: Ciconiidae
BTO Codes: OS, BLAST EURING No: 1310
Number in Britain: 3 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: 2 Concern, most in Europe; Rare
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 98 cm Wingspan: 150 cm Weight: -    
Scientific name from: L.: ciconia=the stork and L.: niger=shining black
World Distribution: BREEDS: local in c&s Europe, c&e Asia & s Africa, WINTERS: northern birds winter south to s Asia & Africa
Habitat: Lakes, marshes & rivers near forest
Diet: Mostly fish from shallow waters, also large insects and small vertebrates
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Somerset, 1814 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 134 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: May to September
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Borders (2006), Clyde (1983), Dumfries & Galloway (1990), Highland (2006), Lothian (1983), Moray & Nairn (2006), Northeast (1998), Outer Hebrides (1991), Orkney (2006), Perth & Kinross (1980), Shetland (1977),
   North-east England: Cleveland (1996), Durham (2006), Northumberland (2006), East Yorkshire (2005), North Yorkshire (2006), West Yorkshire (2002),
   North-west England: Cumbria (1995), Lancashire (2007),
   English Midlands: Leicestershire (1991), Northamptonshire (1990), Nottinghamshire (2002), Shropshire (1990), Staffordshire (1985), Worcestershire (1956),
   Eastern England: Essex (2004), Hertfordshire (2002), Lincolnshire (1984), Norfolk (2002), Suffolk (2006),
   South-east England: Hampshire (2007), Isle of Wight (2007), Kent (2007), Greater London (1990), Oxfordshire (1862), Surrey (1990), East Sussex (2003), West Sussex (2002),
   South-west England: Cornwall (2007), Devon (2007), Dorset (2007), Gloucestershire (1995), Somerset (1993), Wiltshire (2007), Isles of Scilly (2005),
   Wales: Anglesey (2007), Caernarfonshire (1989), Pembrokeshire (1991), Radnorshire (1989),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Corra-dhubh Welsh: Ciconia Du
Danish: Sort stork Dutch: Zwarte ooievaar
Finnish: Mustahaikara French: Cigogne noire
German: Schwarzstorch Hungarian: Fekete gólya
Icelandic: Kolstorkur Irish: Storc Dubh
Italian: Cicogna nera Norwegian: Svartstork
Polish: Bocian czarny Portuguese: Cegonha-preta
Spanish: Cigúeña negra Swedish: Svart stork

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Books and Monographs:
   Hancock, J. 1992 Storks, ibises and spoonbills of the world Academic Press, London [598.463 HAN]
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