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.


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.


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


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


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

Milky storks in flight


  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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