The Wood Stork is the only true native stork in the New World. Formerly called "Wood Ibis", this bird, unlike herons, flies with its head extended. Its bill is black, long, not as slender as a heron's and slightly curved. Its naked facial appearance has given the Wood Stork the name 'flinthead'. They are an impressive sight perching, motionlessly by the score, on bare tree limbs in wetlands and marshes.
The young Wood Stork has a dull yellow bill, which emits a chattering sound.
Wood Storks soar and circle high up on air currents.
The Wood Stork nests in colonies of 10,000 pairs in Florida and Georgia, also the American Tropics.
Calls or song.
A dull croak when nesting, otherwise this bird is silent.
Population and distribution.
The Wood Stork resides where it breeds in Florida and Georgia. Due to land development in those states, the Wood Stork's numbers are declining. The Everglades may be the only habitat where the Wood Stork will continued to find sufficient food. However, they are flexible, and can also be seen following the wake of plows in search of snakes, lizards, frogs, grasshoppers and carrion.
The Wood Stork lays 2-3 white eggs on a huge stick platform in a tree.