Studies are underway in order to better understand the role of the monsoon rains on the nesting pattern of Painted Stork, besides attempting a review of the global status of the species. The former is likely to be of interest in augmenting our understanding about how global climate change is going to affect birds across India and the second is likely to raise interesting points about the distribution of species and their ranges. Both these studies will be carried through 2009 and should hopefully be included in the proposed book.
Naturally, the focused interest in field research on the Painted Stork has resulted in accumulation of considerable information on this particular species, which is beyond the information contained on some standard Indian and international works and ornithological texts.
The author hopes to include the entire spread of information of this species--from its systematics, evolution, distribution, ecology to its role in human culture as well as its association with mythologies. In other words, topics have not been restricted to the areas of the author’s research but have spilled over into areas of anthropology, ecology, conservation, etc.
About the author
Abdul Jamil Urfi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Biology, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. He studied fish physiology for his PhD but subsequently switched over to the field of Ornithology. He did post-doctoral research on the behavioral ecology of the Oystercatcher at NERC ITE Furzebrook in England. Later, in India, he was involved with environmental education as a staff member of CEE, Ahmedabad, where he also carried out a number of studies on reptiles and snakes. The painted stork has been the focus of his research for the past two decades. Besides several research papers and articles, he has also written two books, Birds Beyond Watching (Universities Press, India) and Birds of India, A Literary Anthology (Oxford University Press, India).