Painted Stork

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.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 02 December 2016
Scientific Name
Mycteria leucocephala
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Mycteria
  • M. leucocephala
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Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 7 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
36.5 to 40 inches
59 to 63 inches
70 to 123 ounces



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

Chinese (汉语) 彩鹳
Czech (Cesky) nesyt indický
Danish (Dansk) Indisk Skovstork
Dutch (Nederlands) Indische Nimmerzat
Finnish (Suomi) aasianiibishaikara
French (Français) Tantale indien
German (Deutsch) Buntstorch
Italian (Italiano) Cicogna pittata
Japanese (日本語) インドトキコウ [indotokikou]
Norwegian (Norsk) Beltestork
Polish (Polski) dlawigad indyjski
Portuguese (Português) Tântalo-indiano
Russian (русский язык) Индийский клювач
Spanish (Español) Tántalo Indio
Swedish (Svenska) indisk ibisstork
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