Milky stork

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Milky stork
Mycteria leucocephala at Sungei Buloh.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Mycteria
Species: M. cinerea
Binomial name
Mycteria cinerea
Raffles, 1822

The milky stork (Mycteria cinerea) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae.

Description[edit]

This medium-sized stork can reach a height of 91 to 95 cm (36 to 37 in), with a wing chord length of 43.5–50 cm (17.1–19.7 in), a culmen length of 19.4–27.5 cm (7.6–10.8 in), a tarsus length of 18.8–25.5 cm (7.4–10.0 in) and a tail of 14.5–17 cm (5.7–6.7 in).[2] The sexes look similar. The plumage is general white contrasted with a naked red face and a long shiny green-black tail and flight-feathers.

Distribution[edit]

This species occurs in Cambodia, peninsular Malaysia, and the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sumbawa, Sulawesi, and Buton.

Feeding[edit]

The milky stork feeds on fish, amphibians and small rodents.

Threats[edit]

It is classified as Endangered owing to loss of coastal habitat, hunting and trade.

Milky storks in flight

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Mycteria cinerea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Hancock & Kushan, Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills of the World. Princeton University Press (1992), ISBN 978-0-12-322730-0

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