The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Woolly-necked Stork

Afrikaans name: Wolnekooievaar

Woolly-necked Storks are quite common at Umlalazi Nature Reserve near Mtunzini

Woolly-necked Stork

Photo © Steven Herbert

Ciconia episcopus

The Woolly-necked Stork is not as large as some storks but it does reach of height of 85 cm.

They get their name from their 'fluffy' white necks. The sexes have the same colouration. Juveniles have duller colours.

Although Woolly-necked Storks breed near water, and are often associated with it, they can also be found far from the water at times.

They make their nests out of sticks in a large tree. The clutch can consist of up to 5 eggs.

This stork is widely distributed. It can be found from South Africa through to Indonesia and other parts of Asia.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 36

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Published: 1989 - Page: 84

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 28

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 36

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 68

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 66

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 67

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 67

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 51

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 45

Roberts Bird Guide - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 2007 - Page: 186

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 35

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 80

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 80

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 58

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 54

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 34

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 9

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 10

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 24

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 33

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 26

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 48

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 179

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 179

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