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European White Stork

Ciconia ciconia

The European white stork prefers open lands without tall trees or thick vegetation, usually in or near wetlands.

IN THE WILD – Insects, worms, frogs, fish, lizards, snakes and small rodents
IN THE ZOO – Fish, meat and specially formulated grain


  • Build large nests that can reach lengths of more than 7-feet across
  • Can eat up to 60 percent of body weight per day
  • Fly by soaring on warm air currents, with long, broad wings
    that flap occasionally
  • Nest on roofs and chimneys of houses in the spring