About the Painted Stork
Also known as: Painted Wood Stork
The Painted Stork is a species of stork that is found in wetlands across much of India and parts of southeast Asia. They are non-migratory, remaining on territory year-round.
Painted Storks have heavy yellow beaks with a downward curve that resembles the beak of an ibis. They have pink wing feathers (tertials) that hang over their rump. These feathers give them their common name.
Painted Storks feed on small fish. They hunt by sweeping their partially opened beaks through shallow water; prey is detected by touch.
From IUCN Red List:
The Painted Stork is listed as Near Threatened
on the IUCN Red List
and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. Although one of the most abundant of the Asian storks, this species is classified as Near Threatened because it is thought to be undergoing a moderately rapid population decline owing primarily to hunting, wetland drainage and pollution.