Wood Stork Facts
Scientific Classification of Wood Stork: Mycteria Americana
Kingdom of Wood Stork: Animalia
Phylum of Wood Stork: Chordata
Class of Wood Stork: Aves
Order of Wood Stork: Ciconiiformes
Family of Wood Stork: Ciconidae
Genus of Wood Stork: Mycteria
Species of Wood Stork: M.americana
Wood Stork or Wood Ibis, as they were initially known, are birds belonging to the cyclonidae family. These species are found dwelling near ponds and swamps of North America.
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Some Interesting Facts about Wood Stork
Distribution of Wood Stork
Wood storks can be mostly found in parts of North, South and Central America and the Carribean Islands.
Characteristics of Wood Stork
Behavior of Wood Stork
Food Habits of Wood Stork
The wood storks like to have frogs, tadpoles, fishes, crayfishes & large insects as food.
Habitats of Wood Stork
These species live on paddy fields and open wetland areas. They build nests on cypress trees, marshes, swamps and on mangrove trees.
Migration of Wood Stork
In reality, they are migratory. These birds travel from places in quest of food but they are also migratory in nature.
Flight Pattern of Wood Stork
These species fly by stretching their legs and neck in air. They dive steeply once they identify their victim at a distance.
Call of Wood Stork
These species are very quiet because of absence of muscles linking larynx. They can only produce a hissing noise.
Predators of Wood Stork
The main predators of these species are:
Adaptations of Wood Stork
With the help of their long legs, they can spot a predator from far away. These species have a unique technique of catching their prey. They open their beak in water and wait for the fishes to enter. Once the fish is in, they react spontaneously and capture it. If they sense danger of alligators and raccoons, they take off quickly.
Mating of Wood Stork
They usually mate in the regions with hot ponds and such areas where water is drying up a little
Life Cycle of Wood Stork
For the first 2 months, they usually eat about 15 times unless capable enough. In the initial days, the parents take great care of their babies. After two weeks, the offspring usually weighs about ten times than their actual weight at birth. They gradually become 25 times heavier after four weeks. After four weeks the juveniles can search their own food. However, they also come to collect food from the guardians.
Life Span of Wood Stork
These species can live for 11-12 years. However, when tamed they can live for about 30 years.
Conservation Status of Wood Stork
According to the reports of IUCN, they are in the list of less important in the red list.
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