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Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea   - Adult
Milky Stork
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Johore coast, Malaysia
Date : 28 October 2018
English synonyms:Southern Painted Stork, Milky Wood Stork
Bird Family :Ciconiidae - Storks, Openbills & Adjutants
Red Data Status :Vulnerable
Remarks :I saw quite a number of Milky Stork at at the Johore coast, Malaysia & Sungei Buloh, Singapore. An article by the National University of Singapore 2019 (http://www.science.nus.edu.sg/research-highlights/2527-genomic-contamination-threatens-endangered-milky-storks-in-singapore) states that “… global population numbers about 1,500 individuals in the wild. The region around Singapore and Johor, Malaysia may hold up to about 7-10% of the global wild population”. Sadly some of the Milky Stork are being hybridized with Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) see: Baveja P, Tang Q, Lee JGH, Rheindt FE. Impact of genomic leakage on the conservation of the endangered Milky Stork. Biological Conservation 2018 Vol: 229 Pages: 59-66.
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