There are 19 species of stork in the world but only one, the Wood Stork, breeds in the United States. They live primarily in the southeastern part of the country.
The Wood Stork is a large black and white wading bird with no feathers on its head. They live in or near swamps and feed mostly on fish but have been known to eat almost anything that may be available. To catch fish, the stork places his large open bill underwater and waits for a fish to swim near. Then he snaps the bill shut like a mousetrap.
Nests are usually built in trees during late winter. The birds are social and often feed and roost in small to large flocks. They can often be seen soaring on high thermals alone or in the company of vultures.
Wood Stork populations are in delicate balance and are endangered in some areas due to loss of habitat.
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