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Spot-Billed Pelican & Painted Stork

  • Context (TNIE): There are sightings of ‘black’ oil-drenched pelicans and painted storks in Chennai.
  • Oil Spill in Chennai: In the aftermath of Cyclone Michaung, the oil-mixed floodwater from Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL) refinery has entered the wetlands and rivers.
  • Cyclone Michaung: It is a super-cyclonic storm that has made landfall at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. This tropical cyclone over the Bay of Bengal was named Michaung by Myanmar.

Spot-Billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis)

  • Spot-billed pelican or Grey pelican is a large water bird.
  • Distribution: Indian subcontinent and SE Asia.
  • Habitat: a variety of wetlands, both freshwater and saline. It breeds colonially in Acacia bushes.
  • Threats: Habitat loss, hunting, invasive species and diseases.
  • Conservation status: IUCN: NT | WPA: Schedule IV

Spot-Billed Pelican

Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)

  • Painted stork is a shorebird.
  • Distribution: endemic to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
  • Habitat: freshwater marshes, lakes, flooded fields, irrigation canals, rivers, etc.
  • Threats: Habitat loss, hunting, pollution, invasive species and diseases.
  • Conservation status: IUCN: NT

Painted Stork

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