Painted Stork

The Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. This tropical species breeds in Asia from India and Sri Lanka to southeast Asia and is a resident breeder in lowland wetlands with trees where it builds its stick nest. Typical clutch size is 2-5 eggs.

The Painted Stork is a broad-winged soaring bird that flies with its neck outstretched.

Adults are 95-100 cm tall and have mostly white with black flight feathers. The head is red, and the long downward curving bill is yellow. The tail and legs are pink, and there is dark barring on the breast. Juvenile birds are a duller version of the adult, generally browner and lacking the bright colors of the adult.

The Painted Stork walks leisurely in shallow waters or adjacent wet grassland seeking its prey, which includes fish, frogs and large insects. It sweeps its head from side to side with its bill half open in water as it hunts for fish.