oa Journal of East African Natural History - Recent Breeding Records of Storks in Eastern Africa

Volume 1968, Issue 116
  • ISSN : 0012-8317



Between November 1963 and July 1967 I have been engaged in research on the comparative behaviour and ecology of storks (family Ciconiidae) in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. A number of previously unreported breeding localities were discovered during this study-some being found by me personally and others being reported to me by various correspondents. This paper is an attempt to compile the recent records, in the hope of giving a better understanding of the breeding distribution and breeding seasons of this family of birds. Storks frequently use the same nesting site for many years, if undisturbed and given the proper climatic conditions, and so perhaps these records will prove useful to future workers studying these birds. I have also included a few comments on the ecological factors involved in the timing of the breeding seasons, as a possible basis for further research along these lines.

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