Common name: Milky Stork
Binomial name: Mycteria cinerea
Description: A medium sized 95cm tall stork, its plumage is completely white except for a streak of black flight feathers. This white portion is suffused with a pale creamy yellow during breeding season, hence the term “milky”. This milky plumage is absent when off- season. The bare facial skin is dark maroon usually, but changes to a deep wine red during breeding, and later to a pale red after courtship. Its usually dull pinkish- yellow downcurved bill turns deep yellow during courtship.
Its close relation, the painted stork is slightly larger.
Call: Usually silent when not breeding. At nests, it utters a falsetto “fizz” call.
Diet: Fish, amphibians, crustaceans
Habitat: Lowland coastal regions- mangrove, freshwater and peat swamps, estuaries
Native countries: Southeast Asia
IUCN Conservation Red List: Endangered (Its global population numbers about 1,500 individuals in the wild)
Fun facts: Especially in captivity in National Zoo of Malaysia and Singapore Zoo, milky storks and painted interbred to produce hybrid offspring.
Click here for the painted stork: https://joshosaurustravels.travel.blog/2020/01/27/painted-stork/