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This page lists books that are wholly or partly about Storks. The books are listed by publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Ciconiidae

Rare UK visitors:

Black Stork
Ciconia nigra

White Stork
Ciconia ciconia


There are 19 members of the Ciconiidae. These are Storks, Openbills, Adjutants and the Jabiru. In addition to the two listed above the species are:

Abdim's Stork
Ciconia abdimii

Woolly-necked Stork
Ciconia episcopus

Storm's Stork
Ciconia stormi

Maguari Stork
Ciconia maguari

Oriental Stork
Ciconia boyciana

Black-necked Stork
Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

Saddle-billed Stork
Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

Milky Stork
Mycteria cinerea

Yellow-billed Stork
Mycteria ibis

Painted Stork
Mycteria leucocephala

Wood Stork
Mycteria americana

Marabou Stork
Leptoptilos crumeniferus

Lesser Adjutant
Leptoptilos javanicus

Greater Adjutant
Leptoptilos dubius

Asian Openbill
Anastomus oscitans

African Openbill
Anastomus lamelligerus

Jabiru mycteria


Cranes, Herons and Storks of Australia

David Hollands

Bloomings Books


"David Hollands has spent 16 years traversing Australia to find, study and photograph the 17 species which make up this book. His passion and enthusiasm for his subjects shine through in the text; lively, accurate, informative and beautifully written, not only about the birds but about the expeditions to find them. The book is richly illustrated with over 200 of the author's photographs."

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The Painted Stork: Ecology and Conservation

A.J. Urfi



"The painted stork is a large, eye-catching, colonially nesting wading bird found across large parts of South and South East Asia, particularly India and Sri Lanka. Listed as near-threatened by various conservation agencies, the painted stork is a flagship of its endangered habitat, wetlands. The Painted Stork: Ecology and Conservation is an exploration of the biology, status, distribution, sexual size dimorphism, mating patterns, growth and development patterns, and food and foraging ecology of this fascinating species. It also addresses stork-human interface and covers many myths and legends associated with storks. Because this bird is a colony nester, it is an ideal model for studies attempting to unravel the mysteries of avian coloniality and its evolution. Finally, the book discusses various conservation aspects, using the Delhi Zoo colony of painted storks as a case study of the potential for a long-term conservation monitoring program in India."

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Status Overview and Recommendations for the Conservation of Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea in Malaysia

David Li Zuo Wei, Siti Hawa Yatim, John Howes and Rahmah Ilias

Final report of the 2004/2006 Milky Stork field surveys in the Matang Mangrove Forest, Perak

Wetlands International Malaysia Office


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In Black Stork Country: Nature Sketchbook

Alan Johnston



"Part travelogue, part wildlife art portfolio, this marvellous book is the record of Alan Johnston's journeys in search of storks, from Luxembourg and Germany to Niger, Togo, Senegal, Mauritania, Israel, Gibraltar and Morocco. Fabulously illustrated throughout by the author's black and white and colour sketches and paintings, covering an amazing diversity of subjects - black storks in a variety of settings, owls, wild flowers, frogs, foxes, butterflies, fishes and landscapes."

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Weissstorch im Aufwind? / White Storks on the Up?

Editor: Holger Schulz

Proceedings, International Symposium on the White Stork, Hamburg 1996

Natuurschutzbund Deutschland


"A major topic at this symposium were the country-by-country reports of the results of the White Stork census made in 1994 and 1995. The results were unexpectedly positive, and in most countries both the number of breeding pairs and the breeding range was increasing. This book provides an extensive and almost complete picture of the conservation status of the White Stork. In addition, papers deal with the migration, ecology, threat of extinction and conservation in relation to the White Stork. About half the papers are in English, the remainder are in German, but all papers have summaries in both languages, and all the figures and tables have captions in both languages."

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Wading Birds: Birds of the World

J. MacKenzie

Key Porter Books


"With species that range from the familiar to the truly exotic, wading birds can be found at the margins of water all over the world. This magnificent book, which features 120 full-colour photographs from the world's top nature photographers, celebrates these beautiful creatures and includes breathtaking images of Sandhill Cranes in flights across New Mexico, Cattle Egrets perched on the head of an elephant and Tellow-billed Storks standing sentinal in a stark African tree. The informative text and extensive captions provide valuable details about these magnificent birds, including distinguishing marks, behaviour patterns and habitats. This book is a visual feast, the definitive guide for novice and veteran birdwatchers, nature lovers and conservationists."

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Conservation of the White Stork Western Population

Editor: Olivier Biber, Peter Enggist, Christian Marti and Tobias Salathé

Proceedings of the International Symposium on the White Stork (Western Population), Basel, 7-10 April 1994

Swiss Ornithological Institute


"These are the proceedings of a symposium with the objectives of discussing current and future actions required to reduce the mortality of White Storks and to improve the quality of their breeding and foraging habitats, to identify priorities for further coordinated population monitoring and research, and to define ways of evaluating the success of conservation measures. The papers are in one of English, German, French or Spanish, but all papers have English summaries, and all table and figure captions also have English translations."

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Storks, Ibises And Spoonbills Of The World

James A. Hancock, James A. Kushlan and M. Philip Kahl

Illustrations: Alan Harris, David Quinn



A detailed study of the 19 storks, 1 shoebill, 23 ibises and 6 spoonbills of the world. There are introductory chapters on taxonomy and feeding, breeding and behaviour, followed by detailed coverage of each species. The text is supported by colour plates.

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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 1: Ostrich to Ducks

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and Jordi Sargatal

Lynx Edicions


640 pages, 67 colour plates, 200 colour photos, 550 distribution maps.

This volume covers: ostrich, rheas, cassowaries, emu, kiwis, tinamous, penguins, divers, grebes, albatrosses, petrels & shearwaters, storm- and diving-petrels, tropicbirds, pelicans, gannets & boobies, cormorants, darters, frigatebirds, herons, hamerkop, storks, shoebill, ibises and spoonbills, flamingos, screamers, ducks, geese and swans.

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A Bibliography Of Storks, Ibises And Spoonbills

Malcolm Coulter and Albert Bryan

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory


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Wading Birds Of The World

Eric and Richard Soothill


2nd edition


"Describes the characteristics, behavior, habitat, distribution, food, voice, display, and breeding habits of herons, egrets, bitterns, storks, ibis, flamingoes, cranes, lapwings, plovers, curlews, snipes, and sandpipers."

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Wading Birds Of The World

Eric and Richard Soothill



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The Life Of The White Stork

F.R. Haververschmidt

E. J. Brill


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Catalogue Of The Plataleae, Herodiones, Steganopodes, Pygopodes, Alcae and Impennes In The Collection Of The British Museum

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XXVI

Plataleae and Herodiones: R. Bowdler Sharpe

Steganopodes, Pygopodes, Alcae, Impennes: W.R. Ogilvie-Grant

14 colour plates: J. Smit, J.G. Keulemans

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Sold by: Longman & Co.; B. Quaritch; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and at the British Museum (Natural History)


From the preface:

"The present volume, though not numerically the last, has been, owing to various delays in its production, the last to appear. Its publication completes the series, as originally projected by Dr. Gunther more than twenty-five years ago. The whole work consists of twenty-seven volumes, and it may fairly claim to be one of the most important aids to the study of Systematic Ornithology which has ever been produced. The first volume appeared in June 1874. The others have followed at intervals averaging rather less than a year. The publication of the work has therefore been very nearly coincident with Dr. Gunther's administration of the Zoological Department of the Museum. It is to him that the general arrangement and supervision of the work is due, although each contributor has been allowed a considerable latitude in following his own views as to the details of classification and nomenclature."
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Last updated February 2014