Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) photo
A Painted Stork in flight.
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The Painted Stork is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It is a tropical species which breeds in Asia from India and Sri Lanka to southeast Asia. It is a resident breeder in lowland wetlands with trees. The large stick nest is built in a forest tree, and 2-5 eggs is a typical clutch. The Painted Stork is a broad winged soaring bird. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched. The adult is a large bird, mainly white with black flight feathers. The head is red, and the long downcurved bill is yellow. A medium-sized stork, it is 93-102 cm (37-40 in) tall, 150-160 cm (59-63 in) in wingspan and weighs 2-3.5 kg (4.4-7.7 lbs). The tail and legs are pink, and there is dark barring on the breast.

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