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It is a very hard task to calculate the population of storks. In fact up to the Roman Era, they were present all over Europe, in North Africa and to the East up to Ukraine. But the Romans hunted them for their meat which they considered delicious and curative, and so storks disappeared from Eastern Europe, North Africa, Bavaria and Bourgogne. At present storks can be found in Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, Holland, Spain and Portugal, with some couples in Greece, Belgium and Turkey; and isolated couples or individual birds can be found in Poland. The population is about 250,000 birds.  Storks were imported in 1750 to New Zealand, and now the “Neozelandesis” subspecies is present with 250 couples.   Photograph by Tiziana Bosco

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