Wood Stork

About the Wood Stork

Also known as: Wood Ibis, Flinthead, Ironhead, Preacher
The Wood Stork is a species of stork that breeds across much of South America and coastal areas of Central America, the Caribbean, and Florida. They are mostly white in plumage with contrasting black flight feathers best seen in flight. Their heads are bald.

Wood Storks are large waders found around wetland habitats. They feed on aquatic prey items, including fish, frogs, insects, and crabs.

Wood Storks are colonial breeders, meaning that several pairs of birds will nest in close proximity to each other. Clutch size varies from one to five eggs, with three eggs being the most common. Incubation lasts around 30 days and the young birds take around 50 to 60 days to fledge.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 22 February 2017
Scientific Name
Mycteria americana
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Mycteria
  • M. americana
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 16 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
33.5 to 45.3 inches
59.1 to 68.9 inches
72.3 to 93.1 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Cabeça-seca
Chinese (汉语) 黑头鹮鹳
Czech (Cesky) nesyt americký
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Skovstork
Dutch (Nederlands) Kaalkopooievaar
Finnish (Suomi) amerikaniibishaikara
French (Français) Tantale d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Waldstorch
Italian (Italiano) Cicogna americana
Japanese (日本語) アメリカトキコウ [amerikatokikou]
Norwegian (Norsk) Amerikastork
Polish (Polski) dlawigad amerykanski
Portuguese (Português) Cabeça-seca
Russian (русский язык) Американский клювач
Spanish (Español) Tántalo Americano
Swedish (Svenska) amerikansk ibisstork
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