With a record breeding programme this year, the local migratory ‘painted stork’ birds in the Delhi Zoo have laid between 1,500 and 1,800 eggs.

“We have recorded the best breeding figure this year with our local guests, the ‘painted storks’ laying 1,500 – 1,800 eggs at the zoo. Last year, the figure stood at 1,290. The birds migrate to the zoo from Himachal Pradesh every August. They will fly back to their native place in March,” said Riyaz Khan, the zoo curator.

The parent painted storks fly back to their native place, leaving the eggs behind. The young ones that take 16 weeks to mature go back to their parents with the help of a “strong smelling power.”

The adult storks can be identified by their ‘yellow’ beaks while the younger ones have ‘grey’ beaks.

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Feature image courtesy: Reuters