The white stork (Ciconia ciconia) is an aquatic bird with long neck that lives in the warm regions of the world, near swamps and ponds.
It cannot be confounded with any other bird: it has long legs, a red beak, white feathers, black on its wings. The differences between the sexes are almost absent: in general, the male is bigger (3,8 kg) than the female (3,3 kg).
It builds its nest on roofs, chimneys or church spires. In autumn, the European storks fly in flock towards south, in Africa. In spring, they return to the same nest abandoned six months before.
The white stork eats animals. It has a diversified diet which includes insects (locusts, crickets), larvae, earthworms, amphibians, small mammals (field mouse), snakes and lizards.
The female lays 2-7 (3-4 in general) white eggs. During the hatching, brown spots may appear on the shell of the eggs. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs. Their change is preceded by a ritual accompanied by clattering.