Study of Different Breeding Site Activities of Openbill Stork, Anastomus Oscitans ,in Palghar, Maharashtra

Authors(2) :-Anuja A. Desale, R. B. Singh

Different breeding site activities like preening, neck movement, flapping, fighting, movement, yawning, regurgitation and feeding of Asian openbill stork, Anastomus oscitans were studied in Palghar during three breeding seasons from 2015 to 2017.Palghar is the newly carved Adivashi district of Maharashtra which is nearly 90 km away from Mumbai on the western railway. It was found that preening and neck movement were exceptionally high which in turn were helpful in social grooming and prevention from predator. In this paper authors have attempted to enumerate the different breeding site activities of Openbill stork.

Authors and Affiliations

Anuja A. Desale
Department of Zoology, S.D.S.M. College, Palghar, Maharashtra, India
R. B. Singh
Department of Zoology, S.D.S.M. College, Palghar, Maharashtra, India

Openbill stork, breeding, Palghar.

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 4 | Issue 4 | March-April 2018
Date of Publication : 2018-03-10
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 08-12
Manuscript Number : IJSRST184302
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X

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Anuja A. Desale, R. B. Singh, " Study of Different Breeding Site Activities of Openbill Stork, Anastomus Oscitans ,in Palghar, Maharashtra", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.08-12, March-April-2018.
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