Black; lower part of the breast, and belly, white.
C. nigra, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. II. p. 561. Black Stork, Mont, in Linn. Trans, vol. xii. p. 19. Selb. Illust. vol. II. p. 48. pl. 11*.
Entire length nearly three feet. Temm.
(Adult). Head, neck, all the upper parts of the body, wings, and tail, black, with purple and green reflections; lower part of the breast and belly dingy white: bill and orbits bright orange: irides hazel: legs and toes deep red. (Young). Head, and upper part of the neck, pale reddish brown, with the central portion of the feathers dusky; back, scapulars, wings, and tail, dusky brown, very slightly glossed with greenish hues: bill, orbits, and legs, olivaceous green. (Egg). Of a uniform greenish buff: long. diam. two inches seven lines; trans, diam. one inch eleven lines.
A single individual of this species is recorded by Montagu as having been shot in West Sedge-Moor, in Somersetshire, May 13, 1814. The specimen is now in the British Museum. A second is stated to have been shot in October 1832, in the parish of Otley, about eight miles from Ipswich. (Loud. Mag. of Nat. Hist. vol. Til. p. 53). Inhabits various parts of Europe, but is less plentiful than the last species. Said to frequent wooded swamps and extensive forests. Food, small fish, rep tiles, and insects. Builds in lofty trees, and lays two or three eggs.