American wood ibis in flight

Wood stork

Wood storks are large wading birds which can have a wing-span of up to 180cm. They rely on exceptionally quick reflexes to catch small fish in shallow waters.

Scientific name: Mycteria americana

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Wood stork taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Wood stork can be found in a number of locations including: North America, South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Wood stork distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Storks and long-legged wading birds
  6. Ciconiidae
  7. Mycteria
  8. Wood stork

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