Yellow-billed stork

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Yellow-billed stork
Yellow Billed Story Yawning.jpg
At Maasai Mara National Reserve
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Mycteria
Species: M. ibis
Binomial name
Mycteria ibis
(Linnaeus, 1766)

The yellow-billed stork (Mycteria ibis) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It occurs in Africa south of the Sahara and in Madagascar.

It is a medium-sized stork. Length: 97 cm; average body weight for males: 2.3 kg; for females: 1.9 kg. Its plumage is mainly pinkish-white with black wings and tail. The bill is yellow, blunt, and decurved at the tip. Immature birds are greyish brown with dull greyish brown bill, dull orange face and brownish legs.

The similar painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is an Asian bird.

The yellow-billed stork is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.



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