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Painted Stork

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Painted stork with the scientific name Mycteria leucocephala is a large wading bird in the Stork family.


It is called by various names by Indians as Janghil Dockh in Hindi, Kankari in Bihar, sona jhanga in Bengal, yeru kala konga in Telugu and sangurvalai narai in Tamil.It is amongst the 17 species of stork found around the world.

The quick classification of Painted Stork is given below,

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Ciconiiformes
Family Ciconiidae
Genus Mycteria
Species Mycteria leucocephala

Physical Characteristics:

Painted stork is a large wading bird amongst other storks.It has a long and heavy yellow colored bill which is slightly decurved at the tip. Their face is yellow and waxy with no feathers.Their plumage is white, closely barred and colored with shining greenish black over a rose-pink combination on its shoulders and wings. The head is bare and colored with orange or red.The long tertials are tipped in bright pink.They possess a unique black breast band with white scaly markings.


The black band continues towards the underwing area and the white tips can be found running across the underwing forming a lining around. The rest of the body is almost white in adults and black with green glisten in case of young ones. The legs are usually yellowish to red in color. The tail is short and black with a glossy green. They are 93 to 102 cm tall.

Their wings are 150 to 160 cm in length and they weigh about 2 to 3.5 kg. The young storks are white with grey bills and black colored facial look. Their plumage is brown in color and reaches maturity by 2 to 3 years of age.


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