Four American wood ibis in flight

Storks and long-legged wading birds

Storks and other long-legged wading birds form the order Ciconiiformes. With their long legs and long sturdy beaks these birds are ideally suited to foraging in shallow water. This order also includes herons, ibises and spoonbills, although recent studies have suggested these families may not belong here.

Scientific name: Ciconiiformes

Rank: Order

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Storks and long-legged wading birds taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Storks and long-legged wading birds