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Wooly necked storks nesting delights birders in Udaipur

Udaipur : Birders have reported storks nesting around the wetlands in the outskirts of Udaipur. Woolly-necked storks, large birds categorized as vulnerable ones in the IUCN list, have been spotted around Limdi Guda village of Salumber block here.

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The storks, typically 85 cm tall, are glistening black with black “skull cap”, white neck and white lower belly. Bird watchers Pradeep Sukhwal and Vinay Dave spotted the avian species around the wetland. The upper parts are glossed dark green, and the breast and belly have a purple hue.

They have long red legs and heavy blackish bill. According to the locals the storks nested on Pipal trees however, with trees felled down, these species have shifted to Karanj trees. Eggs too have been spotted in one of the nests indicating favourable living conditions for birds.

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