A Florida Wood Stork
A Florida Wood Stork
Hontoon, Dead River, Florida
Photo credit: M. Wanner
Wood Stork sounds: USFWS


The Threatened or Endangered Birds of Florida



The Florida Wood Stork
Mycteria americana


To begin: what is a Bird?

A Bird is a warm blooded, bipedal (two legs)

vertebrate (has a backbone) with feathers,

bills and wings and most can fly.

It lays eggs to reproduce and many theories have

it classified as a direct descendant of Dinosaurs,

dating back to the Jurassic period.



The Wood Stork is one of the largest wading birds in Florida

and the only true Stork breeding in the United States.


An awesome sight to behold, this great bird stands

 over three feet tall and has a five foot wingspan.


The Stork is stunning in flight, displaying as nearly all

white with black edging on their fully extended wings.

Their long legs and beak are dark,

 as are their heads, which are without feathers.

 The only other color on the Stork are its red feet.

A Florida Wood Stork
A Florida Wood Stork
"Ding" Darling NWR, Florida
Photo credit: Steve Hillebrand, FWS

Unlike some other large wading birds,

Wood Storks fly with their necks and legs straight,

which makes them look even bigger than they are.

A Florida Wood Stork
A Florida Wood Stork
Blue Spring SP, Florida
Photo credit: M. Wanner

Their ancestral homes in South Florida, the Everglades

and the Big Cypress National Preserve, have been

nearly completely abandoned as the birds now look

further north for a better, less disturbed environment.

The culprit for this mass evacuation is habitat loss

due to water drainage and construction encroachment.


*Update February 2012*

According to several recent news reports, this has not been a good nesting

season, so far, for the Wood Stork and if current numbers stay the same,

this year will continue a most disturbing pattern.

This is not good news for a bird running out of room and out of time.


*Update September 2010*

A movement is underway by Florida Homebuilders to downgrade

the status of the Wood Stork and the USFWS is looking into it.

If you object to this flagrant use of intimidation by lobbyists for this group,

please contact the USFWS and tell them so......



Places to learn more:


Wood Stork


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Wood Stork


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife Viewing-Species Spotlight-Wood Stork


Florida Power and Light

Wood Storks


National Geographic

Wood Stork



Wood Stork


Wildlife on the Brink


St. John's River Water Management

Wood Stork


Space Today

Satellite Tracking Threatened Wood Storks



 Species Alert: Wood Stork


University of Florida

Wood Stork

Wood Storks


University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

Wood Stork



Wood Stork


Zip Code Zoo

Wood Stork



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