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painted stork

Mycteria leucocephala


This large stork has a heavy yellow bill with a down-curved tip that gives it a resemblance to an ibis. The head of the adult is bare and orange or reddish in colour. The long tertials are tipped in bright pink and at rest they extend over the back and rump. There is a distinctive black breast band with white scaly markings. The band continues into the underwing coverts and the white tips of the black coverts give it the appearance of white stripes running across the underwing lining.


This one was wading across one of the many pools at the entrance of Yala national park in Sri Lanka It is also found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in South Asia and extending into Southeast Asia.

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rdx1312 8 years ago

Nice! I too spotted these yesterday in Southern India (near Mysore). I'll upload my spotting soon.

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

Thanks Nuwan, I have a few more that I will add for you too.

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

great spot! thanks for adding this to my mission :-)

Debbie Stewart
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Debbie Stewart

Sri Lanka

Spotted on Aug 11, 2012
Submitted on Feb 18, 2013

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