- Mycteria leucocephala
93–102 cm (36½-40 in)
- White overall plumage
- Dark breast barring
- Black flight feathers
- Red head
- Yellow, long, down-curved bill
- Pink tail and legs
Juveniles are similar to adults, but duller.
Shallow freshwater wetlands, marshes, ponds and flooded fields.
They nest colonially in trees with herons, ibises, cormorants and spoonbills, building a large stick nest. The clutch consists of 2-5 eggs which are incubated by both adults for 27 to 32 days.
Their diet consists of a variety of fish species, with the addition of frogs and large insects. They sweep their half-open bill from side to side in water.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2015)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Painted Stork. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 3 October 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Painted_Stork
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