Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)

Order: Ciconiiformes | Family: Threskiornithidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Florida, USA

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Florida, USA

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manglares de Vice, Piura

Identification & Behavior: ~95 cm (37.4 in). The Wood Stork is all white with a bare and wrinkly neck and head. They have a long and decurved bill. The flight feathers are black and are noticed in flight. The Wood Stork is distinguished from the similar Jabiru by its smaller size and black wings or flight feathers.

Status: Rare to uncommon in Amazonia and the lowlands of Northwest Peru. Scattered additional records from lakes in the high Andes and coastal wetlands. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Cigüeña Gabán.

Sub-species: Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) Linnaeus, 1758.

Meaning of Name: Mycteria: Gr. mukterizo= large nose or beak. americana: originating in the American continent.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 11/09/2014.