White stork sighted in the Maldives for the first time

A white stork has been sighted in the Maldives for the first time.

The bird was sighted in Laamu Hithadhoo last Friday. The white stork is the largest bird in the stork family.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it was not aware that a white stoke had ever been sighted in the Maldives before now.

The bird's plumage is mainly white, with black on its wings. Adults have long red legs and long pointed red beaks.

According to the EPA, the white stork is seen in southern India in winter and rarely in Sri Lanka.

White storks are commonly found in North Africa and the Middle East, and parts of Europe. White stork populations are now concentrated in Spain, Poland, and the Baltic region.

White storks typically eat small mammals, small fish, reptile remains, and sometimes bird eggs.