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Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala): Population status, shift in food and behavioral ecology from isolated ponds of Godavari River basin in Nanded district, India

Chavan Shivaji Prabhakar* and Dilip Dudhmal

Aquatic Parasitology, Fisheries and Avian Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, School of Life Sciences,  Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded – 431606, M. S., India

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Received: 09-02-2016,
Revised: 12-03-2016,
Accepted: 16-03-2016

Painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala) recently declared as Near Threatened (NT) stork species by IUCN. There is tremendous pressure on this bird species especially in searching food and nest building sites in parts of Marathwada region of Maharashtra State. This stork species has sluggish mode of feeding and stays for 1-4 hrs at a place, if not disturbed. Anthropogenic activities and behavioral response of this species in its habitat was observed to reach to the conclusion that such activities are forcing the storks to change its feeding habitat frequently which is increasing the energy demand for flying and food search. Shallow water marshes, wetlands and coastal shallow water (1.0-1.5 ft) of sandy and muddy river beaches with good population of weed fishes and bivalve Mollusks is the ideal  feeding habitat for painted storks. But, their feeding is greatly affected due to increased fishing and anthropogenic activities in Godavari river basin. Population and behavior of painted stork especially during feeding was also studied at 03 isolated ponds in Nanded region of Marathwada of Maharashtra State.

Painted Stork, Population, Godavari, Anthropogenic, Behavioral ecology

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How to Cite this Article:

Chavan Shivaji Prabhakar and Dilip Dudhmal, 2016. Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala): Population status, shift in food and behavioral ecology from isolated ponds of Godavari River basin in Nanded district, India. Science Research Reporter, 6(1):50-57.

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