The white stork Ciconia ciconia nests next to humans, often on the roofs of buildings, chimneys, utility poles, etc. Storks reuse their nests over multiple years, adding to them each year, therefore they can reach massive dimensions (with heights and diameters over 2m, see the photographs below) and a mass of over 1.5 metric tons. This can damage, or even cause the collapse of structures and is a danger to humans. Knowing the mass of a nest is crucial in establishing whether it poses a danger. This calculator allows the estimation of the mass of stork nests from only two measurements (height and diameter) which can be taken from the ground, e.g. using a rangefinder. The full results of this approach, along with more information about stork nests and the methods used can be found in the article by Zbyryt et al. (submitted)
To start, enter the nest's measurements (in centimeters) into the following inputs and select whether the nest is dense or normally compacted (see below).
Results will be shown for the best three equations (models) estimating mass. The estimated average mass of a nest with the given dimensions is displayed in the "Average" column. The lower (on the left side) and upper (on the right side) columns contain the predicted confidence intervals for the estimated average, on three predefined levels.
Estimated nest mass in kg
Lower confidence interval
Upper confidence level
Nest compactness index. The default value is "normal" nests (this is the most common type of nest, see photo 1A and 1B below), "dense" nests are characterized by the nest material being more compacted (see photo 1C, 1D) - they are heavier and the equation estimating their mass is different.
photo 1. "Normal" (A, B) and "dense" (C, D) nests. Click on the image to magnify.
photo 2. Nests used for multiple years may be over 2m high and weigh over 1.5 metric tons.
Recommended citation of the calculator:
If you use the calculator in your reports, evaluations or articles, cite:
Zbyryt A., Dylewski Ł., Neubauer G. 2020. An on-line calculator for predicting white stork nest mass from its size. Available at:
This study funded as part of the LIFE 15 NAT/PL/000728 project titled "Conservation of White Stork in the River Valleys of Eastern Poland" carried out by Polskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków