Stork / Storch

White storks are about 80 to 100 cm long and have a wingspan of about 200 to 220 cm. Except for the black feathers the plumage is pure white. Beak and legs are reddish. White storks have a weight of about 2.5 to 4.5 kg. As the voice of the white stork is weak, he communicates with his beak by clapping. That's why he's called a rattle stork. Clapping is to welcome the partner at the nest and to defend against nest competitors. His courtship ritual is accompanied by extensive beak clapping.