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Breeding Patterns of Painted Storks (Mycteria leucocephala Pennant) at Delhi Zoo, India

Abdul J. Urfi
Colonial Waterbirds
Vol. 16, No. 1 (1993), pp. 95-97
Published by: Waterbird Society
DOI: 10.2307/1521563
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1521563
Page Count: 3
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Breeding Patterns of Painted Storks (Mycteria leucocephala Pennant) at Delhi Zoo, India
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Abstract

The Delhi Zoo has been an important breeding site for Painted Storks (Mycteria leucocephala) for many years. From 1988 to 1992, I made repeated counts of nesting and roosting storks at the Zoo. Maximum yearly estimates ranged from 325 to 550 birds with a range of nest counts from 81 to a peak of 202 in 1988-89. Most nesting occurred in mesquite trees (Prosopis juliflora) on islands in the ponds at the Zoo. The breeding season begins in late August. After September, the number of birds at roosts declines. This Zoo site may be the only nesting colony site for the Painted Stork in the Delhi region and one of the few in all of NW India. Conservation needs are to reduce human disturbance and to improve water quality in the Yamuna River, the major feeding habitat for this and other waterbirds.

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