French: Tantale blanc German: Milchstorch Spanish: Tántalo malayo
Cambodia, W Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi.
95–100 cm. Large, predominantly white ibis-like stork. Black patch by base of bill. Breeding adult has creamy tone to plumage, bright yellow bill, and bright red... read more
Usually silent away from breeding colonies. Around nest, a falsetto “fizz” call is given during up-... read more
Predominantly a coastal species, in contrast to its near relative M. leucocephala,... read more
Food and feeding
Recorded taking large mudskippers (Periophthalmus) of 10–23 cm, also small fish, snakes, frogs. Diet clearly diverse.... read more
Peak appears to be dry season, Jul–Aug, both on Sumatra and Java, although on Pulau Rambut, off N Java, evidence of breeding in Nov... read more
Very little known. Some seasonal movements are probable outside the breeding season; Sumatran... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. CITES I. Formerly classed as Vulnerable but ongoing and severe population decline has led to its reclassification. Global population in c. 2008 numbered no more... read more
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