adult; no sexual dimorphism (Florida, USA; 2007-12-31)

Wood Stork
Mycteria americana

Native Range: North America and Latin America

Notes: a large slow-moving bird with bare head and neck and large sturdy bill; actually related to New World Vultures, although this is not reflected in the current taxonomy; also has a habit of soaring like vultures; feeds primarily on amphibians and reptiles along pond edges or in wet meadows.

white-and-black underwing in flight (Florida, USA; 2007-12-31)

white-and-black wing viewed from above (Florida, USA; 2007-12-31)

black legs, pink feet with long spreading toes (Florida, USA; 2007-12-31)

first-year juvenile with still-downy head (Florida, USA; 2008-01-02)

two young birds(Florida, USA; 2008-01-02)

second-year bird with two White Ibises (Florida, USA; 2008-01-02)

roosting flock (Florida, USA; 2007-12-31)

posing with large, decurved, heavy bill (Florida, USA; 2007-12-31)