We want the AmurInfoCenter site to be comfortable and interesting for you. We work with web analytics to become better. Cookies are used to collect analytical data. All information is completely confidential and is never passed on to third parties. Confirm your agreement with the policy regarding cookies or learn more about the technology.
Who has not seen the photos of large snow-white birds in nests shaped like hats on the roofs? This is the White stork, a symbol of family life in the Eastern Europe, the bird that brings babies, and therefore happiness! But unlike the European species the White stork (Ciconia ciconia), it’s Far eastern brother Oriental stork (Ciconia boyciana) try to avoid human. It nests away from the people in the wilderness, on the outskirts of groves or single trees, near lakes, rivers, and vast marshes. The Oriental stork is one of the rarest birds in the Russian Far East. It is endangered and listed in the Red book of the Russian Federation, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and Annex I of the Convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITEC). This far eastern species breeds only in the Amur-Heilong river basin and winters on plains of the Yangtze river in China. As the final link of the food chain, the Oriental stork is an indicator of the well-being of the Amur freshwater ecosystems.