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Painted Stork

Painted Stork

The Udawalawe National Park is home to several types of storks and the painted stork is one of the more popular types of stork. The scientific name of the bird is and according to IUCN, it falls under the category of not threatened. The painted stork is found not only in Sri Lanka but also in India and certain parts of China. The yellow or yellow-red large beak of the painted stork makes it look similar to an ibis. Part of the head of the bird is red or orange in colour and its legs are also similar in colour to its head.

The primary colour of the body of the painted stork is white and it reaches a height of over 100 cm. Bird lovers as well as wildlife enthusiasts can recognise the painted stork easily due to its distinctive physical characteristics. The wingspan of the painted stork can be as much as 160 cm and it can even weigh up to 2.5 kilograms. These birds are not migratory and they are usually found in large flocks. The Udawalawe reservoir is one such place where the painted stork can be seen.