The wood stork (Mycteria americana) is a large wading bird found in
warmer parts of the Americas. North American birds may disperse to South
America, where it is resident. Its bare head and neck are dark grey and
the plumage is mostly white, with black on the tail and part of the
wing. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile has a feathered head and a
yellow, not black, bill. The wood stork nests colonially in wetlands,
building its one-metre-diameter (3.3-foot) nest in trees; the breeding
season starting when water levels drop. The clutch of three to five eggs
is incubated for around 30 days, and the chicks fledge 60 to 65 days
after hatching, although many die during their first two weeks. The
chicks are fed fish while the adult also eats insects, frogs and crabs
as available, foraging by touch in shallow water. The wood stork is
classed as being of least concern by the IUCN although in the US it is
threatened by predators and human activities. Habitat alteration has
caused widespread declines.
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