White Stork nests in Europe, West Asia and South Africa (these populations winter in Sub-Saharan Africa) as well as Turkmenistan (winter from Iran to India). Numbers are currently increasing. The major threats for the species are hunting, habitat destruction, pollution with agrochemicals, poisoned baits for carnivores, shortage of nesting sites, and collisions with power lines, especially on migration through Europe.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS, or Bonn Convention) as migratory species that is requiring international cooperation.
■ Listed in Appendix II of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats as a strictly protected fauna species.
■ Listed in Annex I of EU Council Directive 2009/147/EC on the Conservation of wild birds (the Birds Directive).
■ An especially protected species in Latvia (the Cabinet of Ministers’ Regulations No. 396 on November 14, 2000).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Aves – birds
■ Order Ciconiiformes – storks and relatives
■ Family Ciconiidae – storks
■ Species Ciconia ciconia – White Stork