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Rare black-necked stork pair hatches a chick after 12 years

- MANOJ PAUDEL, KAPILVASTU

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

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