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Wood Stork   (Mycteria Americana)
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The Wood Stork is the only stork species that breeds in the United States. They inhabit the swamps of the southeastern U.S. and their size, bald head, and white plumage makes them a stand-out character. They nest in colonies and there can be as many as 25 of their large, stick nests in one forest tree!

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wood_Stork/id

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_stork

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Aves
Order - Ciconiiformes
Family - Ciconiidae
Genus - Mycteria
Species - Americana

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Sugar, Honey Honey…

Too much sugar in the diet leads to obesity for humans: if we drink a can of soda pop (which is mostly high fructose corn syrup), the fructose is converted into fat by our livers; drink too many too often, and we end up gaining weight. But for hummingbirds, sugar isn’t something to eat sparingly: it is a source of power! Because of their simple, sugar rich diet, hummingbirds have adapted the ability to fuel their muscles with fructose without first converting it to fat - a feat unique among vertebrates. We do not yet know for sure how they process it so fast, though experiments have demonstrated that they do indeed possess this amazing capability. How fast, you ask? Their metabolisms are so extreme, a human-sized hummingbird would have to drink a can of soda pop every minute in order to gain weight!

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