Zoo Animals

European white stork

Ciconia ciconia

At the Detroit Zoo
The European white stork can be found in the African Forest.

Description
This tall, long-necked wading bird has red legs and a pointed red-orange bill. The white plumage of the head, neck and body contrasts with black wing feathers highlighted with a sheen of purple and green iridescence.

Fun Facts

  • This species is the genesis of the myth that the stork brings babies. A symbol of fertility and good luck, it often nests on rooftops and chimneys in the spring when their chicks are typically born.