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I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will . . .

A Charlotte Bronte Quotation

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Have you spotted a Magnificent Frigatebird?

Have you spotted a Magnificent Frigatebird?

The Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) is a large American wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It was formerly called the “Wood Ibis”, although it is not an ibis.

The adult is a large bird 33-45 inches tall with a 58-71 inch wingspan. Males typically weigh 5.5-7.3 lbs, about a pound more than females.

Identification Tips:

* Length: 35 inches Wingspan: 66 inches
* Sexes similar
* Large, long-legged wader with a long neck
* Large bill, thick and slightly decurved
* Head and neck unfeathered and black
* White body plumage
* Black primaries and secondaries
* Holds neck extended in flight

Adult:
* Dark bill

This is a subtropical and tropical species which breeds in much of South America, Central America and the Caribbean. The Wood Stork is the only stork that presently breeds in North America. In the United States there is a small and endangered breeding population in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, along with a recently discovered rookery in southeastern North Carolina

 

 

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