Painted Storks

  • One of the largest flocks of Painted Storks, almost 4000 birds, has been spotted in Andhra Pradesh.

About Painted Storks

  • Scientific name- Mycteria leucocephala
  • They belong to Ciconiidae family.
  • These birds are widely distributed over plains of Asia.
  • These are usually seen in freshwater wetlands and occasionally in coastal regions.
  • The painted stork is a large bird, measuring 90 to 100 cm in length and weighing 2,000 to 3,500 grams.
  • They have a wingspan of about 150 to 160 cm.
  • They have a long heavy yellow beak with a down curved tip.
  • Bare head is reddish or orange in colour.
  • Found in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • IUCN Status: ‘Near Threatened’.
  • Its breeding season extends from July to October in North India and November to March in South India.
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