The wood stork feeds by wading slowly with its bill under the water’s surface. When it feels movement, the bill snaps shut trapping the prey. This is one of the fastest reflexes in the bird world! Unfortunately, it is endangered in the United States, including Texas. Threats include wetland habitat reduction and toxins in the water.
TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Ciconiiformes (storks, herons, egrets, and their relatives)
United States, Mexico, central America, South America, and numerous Caribbean Islands; native to Texas
Least concern; endangered in the United States
Carnivore; occasionally will eat other vertebrates and invertebrates
zoos - up to 27 years
Flocks; colonies of monogamous pairs