Black-necked Stork

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The black-necked stork was recorded for the second consecutive year in Porbandar’s Bardasagar reservoir.

About Black-necked Stork:

  • The black-necked stork is a tall long-necked wading bird in the stork family. 
  • Scientific name: Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
  • Distribution: It  is distributed in the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia.
  • Habitat: They inhabits wetlands, such as floodplains of rivers with large shallow swamps and pools, and deeper permanent bodies of water.
  • Features of Black-necked Stork:
    • They are large birds, measuring 110 to 140 cm in length and weighing 4,000 grams.
    • Their wingspan is 190 to 220 cm. 
    • The male and female birds look alike but female is distinguished by its yellow eye.
    • IUCN status: “Near Threatened”

Bardasagar Reservoir:

  • It is located in the Porbandar district, Gujarat.
  • The Bardasagar dam is created to store rain water for agricultural purpose. 
  • The Bardasagar dam and farms on its periphery are the ideal winter escape for thousands of cranes i.e. Common crane and Demoiselle crane.
  • Bardasagar is regular nesting ground for elegant Great crested Grebe like Mokarsagar. The “weed ceremony” and dancing ritual of Great crested Grebe can be seen here


Q1) What is a wading bird?

A wading bird is a long-legged bird, such as a crane, heron, or stork, that frequents shallow water, especially in search of food.

Source: Bird census: Black-necked stork sighted in Porbandar for second year