Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) - HBW 1, p. 459
French: Cigogne épiscopale
Spanish: Cigüeña Lanuda
Other common names: White-necked/Bishop Stork
Taxonomy: Ardea episcopus Boddaert, 1783, Coromandel Coast.
Formerly placed in monospecific genus Dissoura. Sometimes includes C. stormi, but now generally regarded as separate species (see page 436). Validity of race neglecta disputed; some doubt as to geographical limits of subspecies in SE Asia. Three subspecies normally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- microscelis G. R. Gray, 1848 - Tropical Africa.
- episcopus (Boddaert, 1783) - India to Indochina and N Malay Peninsula; Philippines.
- neglecta (Finsch, 1904) - Java and Wallacea.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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An adult bird looking around and foraging on a wetland. Locality Sultanpur, Gurgaon District, Haryana, India (ssp episcopus)
Josep del Hoyo 7 July 2014 19 weeks ago 56 sec 4.8
Adults feeding at Sweni hide (Satara) Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ghislain Gosse 1 October 2014 25 weeks ago 24 sec 4.7
Single pair on a tree; pair preening each other Locality Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Roland Bischoff 20 October 2014 12 weeks ago 1 min 3 sec 4.7
An adult bird foraging on a wetland. Locality Sultanpur, Gurgaon District, Haryana, India (ssp episcopus)
Josep del Hoyo 7 July 2014 19 weeks ago 42 sec 4.6
A bird crossing a pool and drinking Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (ssp microscelis)
Josep del Hoyo 4 September 2006 8 years ago 34 sec 4.6
Bird at crocodile farm. Locality Shelly Beach, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp microscelis)
Doug and Denise Norris 18 August 2008 1 year ago 1 min 18 sec 4.5
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A pair trying to eat a giant frog
Locality Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (ssp microscelis)
GunnarPettersson 9 November 2011 8 weeks ago 4.9
Locality Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (ssp microscelis)
Nik Borrow 21 July 2008 18 weeks ago 4.5
A bird walking in the meadow
Locality Yabelo, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp microscelis)
Krzysztof Blachowiak 20 November 2009 2 years ago 4.4
Adult bird at watering place.
Locality Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam (ssp episcopus)
Igor Palko 4 January 2010 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp microscelis)
Fran Trabalon 23 November 2012 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp microscelis)
Paul Cools 10 July 2012 2 years ago 4.4
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