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  • It is also known as the black-necked stork or jabiru stork.

    Mystery bird: jabirú, Jabiru mycteria

  • Birders head to the Phobjikha valley, one of the few places in the world to see black-necked cranes, whose mating rituals involve elaborate dances and calls.

    Soon, a Not-So-Secret Kingdom

  • The herpetofauna includes black-necked spitting cobra Naja nigricollis, African puff adder Bitis arietans, west African sand boa Eryx muelleri, sand viper Cerastes cerastes, desert monitor lizard Varanus griseus and various species of gecko.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • Other colonial birds are the Neotropic cormorant Phalacrocorax olivaceus, black-necked cormorant Phalacrocorax magellanicus, great egret Casmerodius albus, black-crowned night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax and common tern Sterna hirundo.

    Península Valdés, Argentina

  • Thirty mammal species are “protected,” including the musk deer, the Chinese screw mole, the black-necked crane, and the Yunnan Golden Monkey—until recently presumed extinct.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump

  • They are home to rare wild animals such as the black-necked crane, huge-horned argali sheep, wild yak, white-lipped deer, gazelle, snow leopards, and, of course, the chiru.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump

  • Saline lakes at the fringes of the ecoregion serve as a staging and breeding area for migratory waterfowl such as the black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis) as well as the widespread, ground-nesting Tibetan snowcock (Tatraogallus tibetanus).

    North Tibetan Plateau-Kunlun Mountains alpine desert

  • The Qaidam Basin currently lacks nature reserves or other types of protected areas, although salt marshes at the center of the basin could offer significant habitat for birds such as black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis) and bar-headed goose (Anser indicus).

    Qaidam Basin semi-desert

  • The Sajnakhali area contains a wealth of water birds, noteworthy residents including Asian openbill stork Anastomus oscitans, black-necked stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus, greater adjutant Leptoptilos dubius (E), white ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus, swamp francolin Francolinus gularis, white-collared kingfisher Halcyon chloris, black-capped kingfisher H. pileata and brown-winged kingfisher Pelargopsis amauroptera.

    Sundarbans National Park, India

  • The black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis, VU) is the only alpine crane in the world.

    Biological diversity in the Himalayas


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