White; scapulars and wings black.
C. alba, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. II. p. 560. Stork, Mont. Orn. Diet, & Supp. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. II. p. 6. White Stork, Selb. Illust. vol. ii. p. 45. pl. 11.
Entire length three feet eight inches: length of the bill (from the forehead) seven inches six lines; of the tarsus twelve inches; of the naked part of the tibia six inches.
Head, neck, and all the body, pure white; scapulars and wings black: bill and legs red: naked skin round the eyes black: irides brown. In young birds, the black on the wings inclines to brown, and the bill is dusky tinged with reddish. (Egg). White: long. diam. two-inches ten lines; trans, diam. one inch eleven lines.
Very common in Holland, France, and other parts of the Continent, but in this country a rare, and only accidental visitant. Montagu mentions one which was killed near Salisbury, in February 1790; a second shot at Sandwich in Kent, in 1805; and a third in Hampshire, in the Autumn of 1808. Has occurred in Suffolk more recently, and in three or four instances. Food, reptiles and insects, as well as small quadrupeds and birds. Builds on the tops of houses, or in old trees. Lays generally three eggs.