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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.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 December 2016
Scientific Name Mycteria leucocephala
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Mycteria
  • M. leucocephala
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
36.5 to 40 inches
59 to 63 inches
70 to 123 ounces
Range Central Asia Southeast Asia South Asia Asia


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.

International Names

  • 彩鹳 (Chinese)
  • nesyt indický (Czech)
  • Indisk Skovstork (Danish)
  • Indische Nimmerzat (Dutch)
  • aasianiibishaikara (Finnish)
  • Tantale indien (French)
  • Buntstorch (German)
  • Cicogna pittata (Italian)
  • インドトキコウ [indotokikou] (Japanese)
  • Beltestork (Norwegian)
  • dlawigad indyjski (Polish)
  • Tântalo-indiano (Portuguese)
  • Индийский клювач (Russian)
  • Tántalo Indio (Spanish)
  • indisk ibisstork (Swedish)

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