The Painted Stork nests in mixed species colonies, called heronries, all across its range. Although avian coloniality is an active area of research, there is as yet no satisfactory explanation for the evolution of this trait. The first part of this chapter discusses the theoretical framework of avian coloniality while the second part is devoted to brief accounts of some of the well-known colonies of Painted Stork from India which are referred to from time to time in this book. For the purpose of convenience, these are grouped under three broad categories – heronries in urban parks and gardens, in marshes inside protected areas, and those in villages. The general patterns of population fluctuations and patterns of colonization are enumerated.


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  1. 1.Department of Environmental BiologyUniversity of DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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