Arrow stork

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Rostock arrow stork

Arrow stork is the name of a stork that was injured by a hunting arrow on the annual flight to Africa and survived the return flight to Europe with the arrow in its body . About 25 cases of arrow storks have become known.

The first known case is a white stork that was shot at Bothmer Castle near Klütz in 1822 . He had an African arrow stuck through his neck. It was stuffed and can be viewed in the Rostock Zoological Collection . It is often referred to as the Rostock Arrow Stork .

These arrow storks were important in the 19th century because they could be used to demonstrate bird migration as far as Equatorial Africa using the example of storks . At that time it was not known exactly what happened to the migratory birds in winter. In addition to the long-distance migration theory, it was discussed at the time whether migratory birds hibernate or turn into mice. Arrows have also been found in other bird species.


  • Ragnar K. Kinzelbach: The book of the arrow stork. Basilisk Press, 2005, ISBN 3-925347-78-X

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Individual evidence

  1. The pfeilstorch in the zoological collection of the University of Rostock. ( Memento from February 13, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) In: Student Council Biology of the University of Rostock (ed.): Der Sprössling. Issue 3, summer semester 2003 (PDF file; 5.04 MB)