Wood Stork – # 210

Scientific classification

Kingdom:

Animalia

Phylum:

Chordata

Class:

Aves

Order:

Ciconiiformes

Family:

Ciconiidae

Genus:

Mycteria

Species: americana

Binomial name

Mycteria americana

Linnaeus, 1758

The Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) is a large American wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae.

The adult is a large bird which stands 83 to 115 cm (33–45 in) tall and spans 140 to 180 cm (55–71 in) across the wings. Males typically weigh 2.5 to 3.3 kg (5.5–7.3 lb), with a mean weight of 2.7 kg (6.0 lb); females weigh 2.0 to 2.8 kg (4.4–6.2 lb), with a mean weight of 2.42 kg (5.3 lb). Another mean estimated weight for the species was 2.64 kg (5.8 lb). However, exceptionally large males are sometimes found and these can weigh up to 4.5 kg (9.9 lb). It appears all white on the ground, with blackish-gray legs and pink feet. In flight, the trailing edge of the wings is black. The head is dark brown with a bald, black face, and the thick down-curved bill is dusky yellow. Juvenile birds are a duller version of the adult, generally browner on the neck, and with a paler bill. The bare head and the long bill, which can measure up to 25.5 cm (10.0 in) in length, render the wood stork distinctive from other large waders in its range

This is a subtropical and tropical species which breeds in much of South America, Central America and the Caribbean. The wood stork is the only stork that presently breeds in North America. In the United States there is a small breeding population in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, along with a recently discovered rookery in southeastern North Carolina. After a successful three-decade conservation effort resulting in an increased population in the southeastern United States,

The Wood Stork is listed as my # 210 “lifer”.


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4 thoughts on “Wood Stork – # 210

    • You’re right Jet! This time I could photograph one in flight, a group of about a dozen of them were on the ground but out of the range of my 500mm to make a good picture. Luckily one flew by closer I didn’t waste the opportunity to have a “lifer” on my list. Thanks my friend. 🙂

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