Black Necked Stork

Black Necked Stork is a tall bird. It is a water wading bird. It’s scientific name is Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus). It has a long neck.

The bird is found in wetland habitats near rice fields where it forages on many types of prey. The bird is a resident of Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

Female : credit Ranjit Singh

The eyes of the female bird are golden whereas that of male are black. Sometimes one can see them playing together in the wetlands.

Flying shot by me

Their population has been severely diminished. IUCN categorises it in the Near Threatened.

Juvenile : photo by Ranjit Singh

I have been lucky to spot this beautiful bird in the Surajpur wetland near Noida and also in the Dhanauri wetlands.

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