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Mycteria americana (Wood Stork)

Synonyms: Ciconia americana; Tantalus loculator
Language: Spanish

Wikipedia Abstract

The wood stork (Mycteria americana) is a large American wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It was formerly called the "wood ibis", though it is not an ibis. As of June 26, 2014 it is classified as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 16.8206
EDGE Score: 2.88035


Clutch Size [6]  3
Clutches / Year [4]  1
Fledging [2]  54 days
Global Population (2017 est.) [3]  450,000
Incubation [4]  30 days
Maximum Longevity [4]  27 years
Snout to Vent Length [2]  37 inches (95 cm)
Water Biome [1]  Brackish Water
Wing Span [8]  4.92 feet (1.5 m)
Adult Weight [2]  5.639 lbs (2.558 kg)
Birth Weight [4]  62 grams
Female Weight [2]  5.324 lbs (2.415 kg)
Male Weight [7]  5.957 lbs (2.702 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [2]  11.9 %
Breeding Habitat [3]  Temperate eastern forests, Mangroves
Wintering Geography [3]  Widespread Neotropical
Wintering Habitat [3]  Wetlands, Agricultural, Mangroves
Diet [5]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Piscivore
Diet - Ectothermic [5]  10 %
Diet - Fish [5]  70 %
Diet - Invertibrates [5]  20 %
Forages - Ground [5]  50 %
Forages - Water Surface [5]  50 %
Female Maturity [4]  4 years
Male Maturity [4]  4 years


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Prey / Diet


Alligator mississippiensis (Alligator, Gator, American alligator, Florida alligator, Mississippi alligator, Louisiana alligator.)[9]
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)[9]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[9]


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External References

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Attributes / relations provided by
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2Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
3Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
4de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
5Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
6Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
7Hartman FA 1961. Locomotor mechanisms of birds. Smithson Misc Collect 143:1–91
8del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
9Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
10Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0