Wood Stork Mycteria americana

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Adult

Massive wading bird with long legs and a long and heavy curved bill. White overall with black flight feathers. The head is bare and scaly.

Juvenile

Juveniles look similar to adults, but have a pale bill that darkens over time and grayish feathers on the neck that are slowly lost as they get older.

Adult

Massive wading bird with an enormous wingspan. White overall with black flight feathers. Often soars in thermals like raptors, with long neck extended and long legs trailing behind.

Adult

Colonial nester in trees and shrubs in flooded woodlands or coastal sites.

Adult

Tall wading bird with a bald and scaly head and neck. White overall with black flight feathers.

Adults with Roseate Spoonbill

Roosts in trees over water with other Wood Storks and other wading birds. Note massive size, bare head, and heavy bill.

Recommended Citation

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/woosto