- Ciconia episcopus
86–95 cm (33¾-37½ in)
- Black overall plumage
- Woolly white neck
- White lower belly
- Glossed dark green underparts
- Purple breast and belly
Juvenile birds are duller versions.
Ciconia episcopus has three subspecies:
- C. e. microscelis
- Tropical Africa. Bill greyish-red; black crown less extensive, and with diffuse edge to white feathering.
- C. e. episcopus
- India to Indochina, northern Malay Peninsula and Philippines. Bill greyish-red; black crown more extensive, and with sharp edge to white feathering.
- C. e. neglecta
- Java and Wallacea. Bill largely red, with grey at base only; black crown more extensive, and with sharp edge to white feathering.
Wetlands with trees.
Usually solitary or in pairs. The diet includes frogs, lizards and large insects.
A harsh croak (seldom heard).
It builds a large stick nest in trees, and 2-5 eggs are laid.
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- Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Woolly-necked Stork. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 27 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Woolly-necked_Stork