American Wood Stork
Mycteria americana


Identification: North American Wildlife, Reader's Digest, 1982, Pleasantville, New York, Susan Wernert, Editor -- The overall length of the American Wood Stork is 36 to 42 inches. Wing span is 5-1/2 feet. The bird is large, white. The head and neck is blackish, bare-skinned. The bill is long, heavy, tapering. Flight feathers are black. Its preferred habitat is swamps, marshy meadows and shallow fresh water areas.

This species is also known as Wood Ibis. It is the only known stork in North America.

All images courtesy Chuck Johns, Brewton, Alabama
September 15, 2006
Copyright (C) 2006 C. Johns

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