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
Clever caiman make the most of an opportunity as wood stork chicks fledge.
The giant waterworld of the Pantanal's impenetrable swamps has largely been ignored by wildlife filmmakers. Extensive research through local experts uncovered this location, a breeding roost favoured by spoonbills and woodstorks. The resident caiman have learned that by waiting around at the base of the roost at fledging time there's a good chance of grabbing an unwary chick.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) is a large American wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It was formerly called the "Wood Ibis", though it is not really an ibis. As of August 28, 2013 it is classified as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, although there have been proposals to downlist it to threatened.
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