Ciconia nana

Ciconia nana is an extinct species of stork from the Pliocene of Australia. It was originally described in 1888 by De Vis as Xenorhynchus nanus, based on fossil material from the Condamine River, near Chinchilla, in the Darling Downs region of Queensland. Additional material subsequently came from Cooper Creek in the eastern Lake Eyre Basin of north-eastern South Australia. The form was provisionally transferred to Ciconia in 1982 and redescribed in 2005.[1]

Ciconia nana
Temporal range: Early Pliocene to Middle Pliocene, 5.3–2.6 Ma
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Ciconia
C. nana
Binomial name
Ciconia nana
(De Vis, 1888); Rich & van Tets, 1982; Boles, 2005
  • Xenorhynchus nanus De Vis, 1888


  1. ^ Boles, Walter E. (2005). "A review of the Australian fossil storks of the genus Ciconia (Aves: Ciconiidae), with the description of a new species" (PDF). Records of the Australian Museum. 57 (2): 165–178. doi:10.3853/j.0067-1975.57.2005.1440.