Ciconia episcopus (Boddaert, 1783) - Woolly-necked Stork

Subspecies in India


This is also known as the Asian Woollyneck.

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).

 

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This rare species is also known as the Asian Woollyneck. It inhabits inland wetlands and grasslands of tropical regions of the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, and India, from the sea level up to 1,400m. It breeds during the monsoon in India in solitary pairs and remains in large flock other periods (BirdLife International 2017). 

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).

 

According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining and its current population size is unknown. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to human encroachments including hunting (BirdLife International 2017).
 

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam1
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi1
Goa
Gujarat1
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala3
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh111
Maharashtra432111113
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga211
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan111
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total75222221514

BirdLife International 2017. Ciconia episcopus (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22727255A110064997.
https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22727255A110064997.en. Accessed
on 05 February 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Ciconia episcopus (Boddaert, 1783) – Woolly-necked Stork. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/ciconia-episcopus, accessed 2024/06/25.