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.