- Carcasses of 68 Painted Storks have been buried at the Koonthankulam Birds’ sanctuary. The birds had died after heavy winds uprooted trees in the sanctuary.
- The Painted Stork is a large wading bird in the stork family. Their distinctive pink tertial (flight) feathers of the wing are pink and give them their name.
- It is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in South Asia and extending into Southeast Asia. They are listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red list.
- Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary is a protected area declared as a Bird sanctuary in 1994. It is located in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
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