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Painted Stork

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



93–102 cm (36½-40 in); I

  • 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.

JuvenilesPhoto by Alok TewariKeoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, December-2016
Photo by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, December-2016


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


This is a monotypic species[1].


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.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2015)
  4. Wikipedia

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