Painted Storks, India
This bird postcard is postmarked in 2012.
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The Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is a large wading bird in the stork family. Their distinctive pink tertial feathers give them their name.
They forage in flocks in shallow waters along rivers or lakes and nest in trees, often along with other waterbirds.
Painted Storks immerse their half open beaks in water and sweep them from side to side and snap up their prey of small fish that are sensed by touch. As they wade along they also stir the water with their feet to flush hiding fish. They only sounds they produce are weak moans or bill clattering at the nest.
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