Distinguished from the larger Black Stork by its smaller size, white (not black) lower back and rump, greyish (not red) legs with pink ankles, and greyish (not red) bill. In flight, legs do not project as far beyond the end of the tail as they do in Black Stork.
Juvenile is duller than adult.
Open fields and agricultural lands, often in company of White Storks.
Usually silent in the region; a weak two-note whistle is given at roosts.