The painted stork is a large wading bird in the stork family. It is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into Southeast Asia. Their distinctive pink tertial feathers give them their name. They forage in flocks in shallow waters along rivers or lakes. They immerse their half open beaks in water and sweep them from side to side and snap up their prey of small fish that is sensed by touch. As they wade along they also stir the water with their feet to flush hiding fish. They nest colonially in trees, often along with other waterbirds. The only sounds they produce are weak moans or bill-clattering at the nest. They are not migratory and only make short distance movements in some parts of their range in response to changes in weather or food availability or for breeding. Like other storks, they are often seen soaring on thermals.
Facts about Painted Stork
|Scientific Name||:||Mycteria leucocephala|
|Predators and Threats||:||Tigers, leopards, hyenas, crocodiles, and humans.|
|Habitat||:||Freshwater marshes, ponds, and flooded fields; India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, eastern China, Thailand, Kampuchea, and Vietnam.|
|Wingspan (avg)||:||150–160 cm (59–63 in)|
|Size (Medium in Stork)||:||93–102 cm (37–40 in) tall|
|Weight (avg.)||:||2-3.5 kg (4.4-7.7 lbs)|