The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

Size: approx. 80 centimeters length and 2 meters wingspan

Weight:Emphasis 2,5 - 4,5 kilogram


Circulation area: 4422 pairs in Germany (date 2000)

Arrival in the breeding home of the “Niederlausitz”: at the end of March / at the beginning of April

Departure to the winter quarters: young storks in the middle of August / older storks - a the end of August

Nest of eggs: 2 - 5 eggs
breeding duration: 30 - 32 days


The white stork is a very tireless bird of passage.


“Ostzieher” like the storks of the “Niederlausitz” are flying to:
Balkans -
Bosporus - Turkey - Israel - Sinai peninsula and along the river Nile to South Africa.

” Westzieher” from the western
North Germany are flying to:
France - Spain - Gibraltar - North and West Africa

The circulation boundary of the west- and east population of the storks in Germany is around the course of the river Elbe. Basic Food: The white stork is on top of the “Food Pyramid”. He itselfhas no direct enemies in his breeding home. Weakened storks are victims of smaller predators like foxes and martens. The food itself consistsconsists of earthworms, insects, small rodent and mammals in rat size (mainly mice), amphibians (frogs and salamanders), reptiles (snakes and lizards) and fishes.

The Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)

Rather shy striding-bird that nests mainly in the wooded regions on tall bright trees.


Flying lanes from the breeding places to the river armsdeformation and the moist meadows are necessary.


Circulation: 346 pairs in Germany (date 1996)


Further information links:


Stork-web cam in LĂĽbbenau