Milky Stork

About the Milky Stork

Also known as: Southern Painted Stork, Milky Wood Stork

The Milky Stork is a large bird of the stork family. Milky Storks live in parts of south east Asia, including Cambodia and islands of Indonesia.

Male and female Milky Storks are similar in appearance. Their plumage is black and white, and they have long yellow bills, with bare, pinkish faces.

Unfortunately, Milky Storks are considered a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and hunting.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 08 December 2010
Scientific Name
Mycteria cinerea
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Mycteria
  • M. cinerea
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Conservation Status
Endangered (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
38 inches


From IUCN Red List:
The Milky Stork is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This stork has been uplisted to Endangered because recent population estimates from its stronghold in Sumatra suggest that it is undergoing a very rapid ongoing population decline owing to intense hunting pressure at nesting colonies, human disturbance and the rapid loss and conversion of coastal habitat.

International Names

Czech (Cesky) nesyt bílý
Danish (Dansk) Mangrovestork
Dutch (Nederlands) Maleise Nimmerzat
Finnish (Suomi) sundaniibishaikara
French (Français) Tantale blanc
German (Deutsch) Milchstorch
Italian (Italiano) Tantalo cinereo
Japanese (日本語) シロトキコウ (shirotokikou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Malaystork
Polish (Polski) dlawigad malajski
Russian (русский язык) серый тантал
Spanish (Español) Tántalo Malayo
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