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Nest site selection and nesting behaviour of the Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus australis in northern New South Wales


We describe aspects of the nesting behaviour, including nest site selection, of the Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus australis in New South Wales over a four-year period (2003–2006). Nests were usually placed in the topmost foliage of tall trees, less than 100 metres from water and more than 200 metres from a road or house. The Forest Red Gum Eucalyptus tereticornis and Swamp Turpentine Lophostemon suaveolens were the most common nest tree species. The well-documented ‘up-down display’ was observed, as was a previously undescribed ‘tree-top display’. The incubation period was 32 to 38 days.

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