Sexes alike. A large black and white stork with red legs; glossy black crown, back and breast and huge wings, the black parts having a distinct purplish-green sheen; white neck, lower abdomen and under tail-coverts; long, stout bill black, occasionally tinged crimson. In young birds, the glossy black is replaced by dark brown. Solitary or in small scattered parties, feeding along with other storks, ibises and egrets; stalks on dry land too; settles on trees.
marshes, cultivation, wet grasslands.
lizards, frogs, crabs.
resident; subcontinent, up to about 1,400m in the Himalaya.
only clattering of mandibles.