Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus   (Latham,  1790) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 129-150 cm.

Voice: Silent.

Habits: Invariably solitary or in well-separated pairs or with family after breeding season, wary, wade in shallow water, squat on dry ground at the edge. Breeds from September to December, and rarely in January, solitary nest on large trees in large marshes, also frequents habitation and canals in agricultural areas with low or no persecution by humans (Sundar 2003).

Adult: Sexes alike except for color of iris, brown in male and yellow in female. A black and white stork with black neck and bill and coral red legs, black head and neck with varying sheen, copper-bronze on occiput and nape, and purple-green-blue on rest, back, scapulars, innermost secondaries and median wing-coverts black with green sheen, remaining plumage white. Juvenile: A dull replica of adult.

Breeding: Season, overall September to December varying locally with the early or late cessation of the rains. Nest- an enormous platform of sticks, often thorny, 1 to 2 meters in diameter, with the central portion lined with straw, leaves, bits of rag, etc. Eggs- 3 to4, rarely 5, typical broad blunt smooth-textured ovals, white in color with the inner membrane dull green.

Synonym (s)
Mycteria asiatica (Latham, 1790)

Common Name (s)
• Black-necked Stork (English)
• Blacknecked Stork (English)
• Banaras, Loharjang, Loha sarang (Hindi)
• Pedda nalla konga (Telugu)
• Periya naarai (Tamil)
• Kalya manecha karkocha (Marathi)
• Banaras, Moto dhonk (Gujrati)
• Lohar jangh, Loha jangha (Bengali)
• Telia hareng
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Drainage of wetlands, felling of nest trees, development, encroachment of agriculture or aquaculture, over-fishing, overgrazing, hunting and excessive capture for zoos.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Muddy
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Fish, frog, reptiles and crabs.
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened


• Maharashtra, Thane Creek INDIA
• Gujarat, Khijadia Bird Sanctuary INDIA
• Orissa, Habalpatia INDIA
• Orissa, Bhitarkanika INDIA
• Orissa, Gahirmatha INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• Delhi, Okhla barrage bird sanctuary INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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  • Birding in India and South Asia Available at - http://www.birding.in/
  • Chadha, S and Sekar, KC (1999) Bhitarkanika:myth and reality Nataraj publishers, Dehra Dun Available at - NIO, Goa
  • (1997) Coastal marine environment of Gujarat 178pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%203%20(1).pdf
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