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Wood Stork Mycteria americana


The Wood Stork is the most widely distributed stork of the Neotropics, occuring from the southeastern United States south through the Caribbean, Central America and South America south to central Argentina. It is a member of the wood stork genus Mycteria, with which it shares a large bill with a characteristic droop at the tip; but differs dramatically from the other species by having a bare, black head and neck and black bill. In contrast to a wide variety of species that are dependent on the wet season for peak food abundances, the Wood Stork’s optimal feeding conditions arrive in the dry season when pools recede leaving prey items such as fish and frogs concentrated and easily captured.

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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: