The Painted Stork: Feeding, Distribution and Lifespan

Publication Date: 08 March 2022
Source: WoM

Feeding: Painted Storks feed on small fishes, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and softshell aquatic animals such as freshwater shrimp and crabs. In order to catch their food, these storks bury their heads into the water with a half-open bill waiting for their prey to run into, and then they close it. They feed in groups in tributaries such as Prek Da and Prek Toal Ramar Site. The whole brood would forage mainly during the day from March until the flooded season in July or August, then they move to forage somewhere else. The painted stork catches small fishes to feed their young in the nest.

The Painted Stork by Mony Sang-SVC CBP

Distribution: It is reported that in total there are around 1,800 pairs of painted storks inhabiting Prek Toal Ramsar Site (data from 2014), while the whole population of 16,000 – 24,000 individual birds are dispersed in Asia.

Lifespan: Painted storks can live up to 28 years if they are kept in captivity. Their life span in the wild remains scientifically unknown.

Read more:

A series of posts about one of Cambodia’s most beautiful waterbirds: The Painted Stork:
The Painted Stork chooses a mate for life:
Feeding, distribution, and lifespan of The Painted Stork:
The Sad story about the threats to the Painted Stork: