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Woolly-necked Stork

Ciconia episcopus

Ciconiiformes - Ciconiidae - Storks & Jabirus

Woolly-necked Stork - Chick

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Woolly-necked Stork - ChickWoolly-necked Stork - Chick

Distribution: Tropical Africa, India to Indochina, Philippines, Java and Wallacea.

Habitat: In or by wetlands; rivers, lakes, flood plains, marshes etc.

Diet: Fish, amphibians, reptiles, large insects, crabs, molluscs and marine invertebrates.

Breeding: Solitary nester, nest in trees 20-30m high. Large stick platform, 1m wide by 30cm deep, lined with grass and rubbish.

Clutch size: 2-4 eggs.

Incubation: 30-31 days.

Fledge age: 55-65 days

Maturity: After 3 years


Protocol from San Diego Zoo

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Protocol established 2008
Used on ? individuals
Success rate ?%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success 
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1992). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol1. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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