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Wood Stork

Mycteria americana ORDER: CICONIIFORMES FAMILY: CICONIIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A large, white, bald-headed wading bird of the southeastern swamps, the Wood Stork is the only stork breeding in the United States. Its late winter breeding season is timed to the Florida dry season when its fish prey become concentrated in shrinking pools.

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Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
33.5–45.3 in
85–115 cm
Wingspan
59.1–68.9 in
150–175 cm
Weight
72.3–93.1 oz
2050–2640 g
Other Names
  • Wood Ibis
  • Tantale d'Amérique (French)
  • Cigüeña americana (Spanish)

Habitat


Marsh

Food


Fish

Nesting

Nest Placement

Tree

Behavior


Probing

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Credits

  • Coulter, M. C., J. A. Rodgers, J. C. Ogden, and F. C. Depkin. 1999. Wood Stork (Mycteria americana). In The Birds of North America, No. 409 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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