European storks (also known as white storks) are large white birds with black feathers on half of their wings.

The adults have red beaks and have a wingspan of between 1.6-2.2m. They eat a variety of animal prey from frogs to smaller birds, which they hunt on the ground.

They breed with only one other stork at a time, so are sequentially monogamous, which also means they often don’t keep the same mate every year. They are well known for building large nests which they continually expand, sometimes inconveniently on human structures such as chimneys.

They are a social bird and their main form of communication is ‘bill clattering’.