Couple of White Storks - Ciconia ciconia - standing in their nest - Dombes, France
Storks are large, long-legged, long-necked wading birds with long stout bills.
The White Storks build a large stick nest in trees, on buildings, or on purpose-built man-made platforms.
Each nest is 1–2 m in depth, 0.8–1.5 m in diameter and 60–250 kg in weight.
There are often nests close to human habitation, in southern Europe, nests can be seen on churches and other buildings.
The nest is typically used year after year especially by older males. The males arrive earlier in the season and choose the nests. Larger nests are associated with greater numbers of young successfully fledged, and appear to be sought after.
Storks occur in many regions of the world and tend to live in drier habitats than the related herons, spoonbills and ibises.
Storks have no syrinx and are mute, giving no call; bill-clattering is an important mode of stork communication at the nest.
Many species are migratory.