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Scientific Classification

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

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:93-100 cm
Identification:The painted stork is mostly white with black bars across its chest. The upperwings are black with white barring, and the bill is yellow. This stork has a bare face that can be orange, yellow, or red. Its legs are red in color.
Habitat:Wetlands
Diet:Carnivore: fish, frogs, snakes
Reproduction:Painted storks nest anywhere from August to January, varying by the local conditions. They breed in heronries. Both sexes care for their 3-5 chicks after they hatch.
The painted stork lives in small parties; but where feeding is abundant, they sometimes assemble in large flocks.
Behavior:These birds catch prey by walking through shallow water, immersing their open bill under water. They then swing their head side to side in a sweeping motion.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Central Asia Date:1958-1988 Subjects:long-legged wading bird
Painted stork
Storks
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata