Study on Habitat and Feeding Ecology of Asian openbill stork (Anastomus oscitans) in Pokkali wetlands of Ernakulam District, Kerala, India
Surya Babu S, K Raju Thomas
The Pokkali wetlands of Ernakulam district, Kerala comes under the Central Asian Flyway and part of Vembanad Ramsar site in India. They are highly nutritive, biodegradable, rich in biodiversity providing lot of services. Asian Openbill stork (Anastomus oscitans) is a migratory bird belonging to Stork family Ciconiidae under the order Ciconiiformes. They are good ecosystem health indicator. The paper deals with the study on Habitat and Feeding Ecology of Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans) in Pokkali wetlands of Ernakulam district, Kerala, carried out from 1 January 2016 to 30 November 2018. Collection of basic data on habitat use, food availability and foraging techniques are necessary for the effective implementation of conservation strategy. Due to their continuous presence in the study area, the area can be treated as a favourable habitat for Asian Openbill stork and their presence in the study area indicates the healthy nature of the ecosystem.