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Painted Stork

Tantale Ibis - Pairi Daiza

They harpoon their prey at lightning speed

The Painted Stork is part of the stork family: its red face and its slightly bent yellow beak are however characteristic. This bird which lives in Africa nests in colonies in large trees which sometimes carry, each one, about fifty large nests, perched high and safe from predators.

Painted Storks seek their food in water and therefore live close to lakes and lagoons: primarily carnivorous, they eat amphibians and fish, which they hunt in groups or by stirring up the mud with their feet in order to chase out their prey.

However, they are not very social birds: they like to walk slowly along the banks, alone or in pairs, in a rather indolent way: they however harpoon their prey with their beaks at lightning speed, perhaps the fastest neck reflex of all the birds that fish that way.

The Painted Stork does not scorn large insects: it lies in wait for them and catches them when bush fires chase them out in the open.

Tantale Ibis - Pairi Daiza
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A less threatened species

  • Name : Painted Stork
  • Latin name : Mycteria ibis
  • Origin : Africa, to the South of the Sahara
  • IUCN status : Least concerned
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