In Favor of Florida’s Wood Storks

There's a lot to like in a huge prehistorically-looking bird

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Photo by John Dean
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Photo by John Dean

A very large, heavy-billed bird that wades in the shallows of southern swamps. Flies with slow wingbeats, and flocks often soar very high on warm days.

— Audubon Field Guide

The Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) is a large, bald-headed wading bird that stands more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) tall, has a 5 foot (1.5 meters) wingspread, and weighs 4 to 6 pounds (1.8 to 2.7 kg).

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Juvenile Wood Stork Photo by John Dean
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Yawning Wood Stork Photo by John Dean

Washington policy wonk, writer, blogger, and lover of nature, music, and Goldendoodles.

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