Rare black-necked stork pair hatches a chick after 12 years
Apr 14, 2019-
A pair of endangered black-necked stork has hatched a chick in a pond at Lumbini Upaban near Mayadevi Temple after 12 long years.
Since black-necked stork numbers are dwindling, the arrival of hatchling is a great news for conservationists and nature lovers, said ornithologist Hem Sagar Baral.
Only three pairs of black-necked stork have been spotted in the country this year. Two of these pairs were spotted in Suklaphanta National Park and another pair in Lumbini.
In the past, black-necked storks have been spotted in Koshi Tappu, Rapti River and Karnali River as well.
According to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), black-necked storks (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) fall under the “near threatened category”, and their population trend indicates that their number is on a gradual decline.
It has been estimated that there are up to 10 black-necked storks in Nepal today.
Published: 14-04-2019 07:59