Reproduction: They build nests or large stick platforms in trees or on rocky cliffs and buildings. The nesting materials are comprised of twigs, grasses, sticks, rags,
paper and lumps of earth. Males normally bring all these nesting materials, while
females arrange these to form a rough platform. The female lays three to six
white eggs. Both sexes incubate the eggs. Young hatch after a period of 29 to 35
days of incubation. The naked chicks become downy in later periods. Young are
fed by both parents. They remain in the nest for about two months before flight.
Behaviour: Storks are diurnal birds. They fly with alternatively of flapping and soaring. Like many other birds (e.g. cranes), storks hold their necks straight out in flights and their long legs trail behind. It is said that stork comes back to the same rooftop to nest year after year and young tend to return to the same place for nesting. The northern species are migratory in nature and usually travel in large flocks. The painted storks are normally found in pairs or in small parties. During breeding season they congregate at favourite heronries.
Life span: Storks have been reported to live about twenty years in the wild.