Common breeding resident in tanks, marshes, and lagoons of dry lowlands. Small introduced (Escaped birds from the Dehiwela zoo) population also present in
and nearby wetlands. It lives as small
parties though sometime solitary individuals as well as large flocks can be
seen. Its prey consists of fish, frogs, water snakes, crabs, lizards etc. G.M.
Henry noted a strange behavior of this stork of ‘whitewashing’ its legs, while
at rest, by squirting excreta over them (Henry G.M. 1998). Painted Stork breeds during
early months of the year colonially with other water birds on rather small nest
made out of sticks place on top of a tree usually growing in water. Colombo