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Aves, 40/1-4 | 2003 | 17-20

  The Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) in Luxemburg.
Jans, M., Lorge, P.

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The Black Stork bred for the first time in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg in 1993. The species was recorded only a few times before 1920 and was totally absent between 1920 and 1960. From 1966 the number of records began to rise and the first summering birds were recorded in 1985. The breeding population is now considered between 4 and 7 couples. The breeding area is restricted to the middle and northern parts of the country. From 1993 to 2000, the species bred 17 times, with an average of 3,17 young leaving the nest. Between 10 and 12 pairs have their feeding grounds at least partly in Luxembourg. The colonisation of Luxembourg is mainly due to the increase of the population in some Baltic countries and to the fact that the species is finding good breeding and feeding habitats in Ardennes-Eifel region. The brreding biology, migration, feeding and breeding habitats are described.

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