Asian Woollyneck Ciconia episcopus

Family: Ciconiidae (Storks)

Authority: (Boddaert, 1783)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2cde+3cde+4cde

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Justification of Red List category
This species has a large population size and occupies a wide range across South and South-East Asia, occurring within a wide variety of habitats, both natural and artificial. However, much of the population found in South-East Asia has undergone considerable population declines owed to factors such as hunting, habitat degradation, and pollution from agriculture, with the species thought to have extirpated from many parts of its former range here. The South Asian population has alternatively remained largely stable. Thus, considering that threats may well extent to the entire species's range, as well as more regional declines across South-East Asia, the species is suspected to be undergoing a slower rate of decline approaching 30%. Thus, it has been downlisted to Near Threatened.

Population size: 50000-249999

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 13,000,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Ciconia episcopus. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/asian-woollyneck-ciconia-episcopus on 09/06/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 09/06/2023.