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The Wood Stork is a subtropical and tropical species that breeds in much of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. In the United States, there are breeding populations in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
This species is a year-
Wood Storks have a white body with black flight and tail feathers. Adults have wrinkled gray skin on their neck, a black plate on the crown, and a smooth pale forehead. Juveniles have brownish-
These birds are seen in swamps, ditches, and wetlands. Their diet consists primarily of fish, but also includes tadpoles, salamanders, grass shrimp, and snakes. They forage for food by working their bill through the water, feeling for prey. They may also move their feet around to stir things up.
Images on this page were taken at the Circle B Bar Reserve, Dinner Island Ranch, Gatorland, Lake Hollingsworth (Lakeland), Laurel Landfill (Sarasota), Peace River islands north of Punta Gorda, Wakodahatchee Wetlands, and a pond in back of Walmart on Kings Highway in Port Charlotte.