Average lifespan in the wild: 11 to 18 years
Size: Body, 33 to 45 in (85 to 115 cm); Wingspan, 4.9 to 5.8 ft (1.5 to 1.8 m)
Weight: 4.5 to 5.8 lbs (2.1 to 2.6 kg)
Group name: Colony or Flock
What does a stork look like?
Wood storks are tall, white denizens of freshwater or brackish wetlands and swamps. They can be identified by their long legs, featherless heads, and prominent bills.
Where do storks live?
The storks prefer to employ this technique in isolated pools created by tides or falling freshwater levels, where fish congregate en masse. In some areas, such as Florida, breeding begins with the dry season that produces these optimal fishing conditions.
What does a stork eat?
These waders feed on minnows in shallow water by using their bills to perform a rare and effective fishing technique. The stork opens its bill and sticks it into the water, then waits for the touch of an unfortunate fish that wanders too close. When it feels a fish, the stork can snap its bill shut in as little as 25 milliseconds—an incredibly quick reaction time matched by few other vertebrates. Though wood storks eat small fish, they eat a lot of them. An average nesting pair, with two fledglings, may eat over 400 pounds (181 kilograms) of fish during a single breeding season.
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