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Wood Stork

(Mycteria Americana)


Category: Birds



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!




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

A Truly Amazing Race…

Many species of birds migrate when the weather changes, but some species take their journeys to extremes. The Arctic tern tops this list: it flies from the Arctic to Antarctic and back again every year of its life! In 2013, scientists tracked Arctic terns nesting in the Netherlands and discovered that they flew 56,000 miles per year! With a lifespan of approximately 30 years, this means these birds fly over 1.5 million miles over the course of their lives! Because the distance they migrate is so enormous, they don’t just get better weather and more abundant food each year, they get more daylight than any other animal on the planet!

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