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Painted Stork

From Opus

Photo © by SumitKolkata, India
Photo © by Sumit
Kolkata, India
Mycteria leucocephala


[edit] Identification

JuvenilePhoto © by daneshmanjulaSomawathiya National Park, Sri Lanka, December 2018
Photo © by daneshmanjula
Somawathiya National Park, Sri Lanka, December 2018

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.

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in China, Tibet
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern Himalayas, Sri Lanka
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula

[edit] Taxonomy

Adult underwingPhoto © by Alok TewariKeoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, September-2018
Adult underwing
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, September-2018

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Shallow freshwater wetlands, marshes, ponds and flooded fields.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

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.

[edit] Diet

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.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2015)
  4. Wikipedia

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