Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala

Family: Ciconiidae (Storks)

Authority: (Pennant, 1769)

Red List Category

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Justification of Red List category
This species has a large range that extends from South Asia through to South-East Asia, with a population trend that appears to be increasing. In some parts (especially South-East Asia), this is due to concerted conservation action and the protection of breeding colonies. Because numbers are increasing, and the population is estimated to number more than 20,000 mature individuals, the extinction risk of this this species is considered very low. Accordingly, it is considered Least Concern.

Population size: 20000-60000 mature individuals

Population trend: increasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 8,700,000 km2

Country endemic: no

Land-mass type - continent
Land-mass type - shelf island
Realm - Indomalayan
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Mycteria leucocephala. Downloaded from on 26/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 26/02/2024.