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Status of and Conservation Priorities for the World's Stork Species

Charles S. Luthin
Colonial Waterbirds
Vol. 10, No. 2 (1987), pp. 181-202
Published by: Waterbird Society
DOI: 10.2307/1521258
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1521258
Page Count: 22
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Status of and Conservation Priorities for the World's Stork Species
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Abstract

Of the twenty or so stork species recognized worldwide, seven species are considered by the ICBP/IWRB Specialist Group on Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills as either endangered, vulnerable, indeterminate (and presumably falling into one of these categories), or "of special concern." These include the Greater Adjutant (south Asia), Lesser Adjutant, Milky Stork, and Storm's Stork (southeast Asia), Oriental White Stork (east Asia), Black Stork (Palearctic), and the Shoebill (Africa). Nine additional stork species are threatened at a regional level. The known world and/or regional status of each species is summarized, and conservation priorites for critical species are outlined. The storks are relatively poorly known in comparison to other large wading birds, e.g. cranes and herons, and research is badly needed on the majority of species. South and southeast Asia have the richest stork diversity and most urgent conservation problems for these and other wetland species. Ongoing conservation activities and recommendations are discussed for the majority of stork species.

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