Woolly-necked Stork

Ciconia episcopus

The Woolly-necked Stork, Bishop Stork or White-necked Stork is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It can also be known as the Episcopos.
Closeup of Woolly-necked Stork, Wasgamuwa, Sri Lanka They tend to get more beautiful when you get closer. Asia,Ciconia episcopus,Sri Lanka,Wasgamuwa,Woolly-necked Stork

Appearance

The Woolly-necked Stork is a large bird, typically 85 cm tall. It is glistening black with black 'skull cap',white neck and white lower belly. The upper parts are glossed dark green, and the breast and belly have a purple hue.It has long red legs and heavy blackish bill.Sexes are alike. Juvenile birds are duller versions of the adult.
Woolly-necked stork  Ciconia episcopus,Geotagged,India,Woolly-necked Stork

Distribution

It is a widespread tropical species which breeds in Asia, from India to Indonesia, and also in Africa. It is a resident breeder in wetlands with trees.
Woolly-necked stork feeding At Minneriya national park. Ciconia episcopus,Fall,Geotagged,Sri Lanka,Stork,Woolly-necked Stork,Woolly-necked stork

Status

The Woolly-necked Stork is one of the species to which the ''Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds'' applies.
Woolly-neck in flights To continue my exploration of birds in flight...  albeit an accidental attempt. I tried to sneak up on it for my composition, but it spotted me and this was the only shot i could get! :) Ciconia episcopus,Geotagged,India,John Rowell,Kabini,Wildlife,Winter,Woolly-necked Stork,adhocphotographer,redearth

Behavior

The Woolly-necked Stork is a broad winged soaring bird, which relies on moving between thermals of hot air for sustained long distance flight. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched.
The Woolly-necked Stork  Ciconia episcopus,Geotagged,India,Woolly-necked Stork

Habitat

It is a widespread tropical species which breeds in Asia, from India to Indonesia, and also in Africa. It is a resident breeder in wetlands with trees.
Woolly Necked Stork  Ciconia episcopus,Geotagged,India,Woolly-necked Stork

Reproduction

The large stick nest is built in a forest tree, and 2-5 eggs form the typical clutch. This stork is usually silent, but indulges in mutual bill-clattering when adults meet at the nest.
Woolly-necked Stork keeping dry feet, Wasgamuwa, Sri Lanka  Asia,Ciconia episcopus,Sri Lanka,Wasgamuwa,Woolly-necked Stork

Food

The Woolly-necked Stork walks slowly and steadily on the ground seeking its prey, which like that of most of its relatives, consists of amphibians, small reptiles and large insects. African birds are attracted to bush fires.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderCiconiiformes
FamilyCiconiidae
GenusCiconia
SpeciesC. episcopus
Photographed in
India
Sri Lanka