|Wood Stork Mycteria americana
(aka American Wood-ibis)
This large white stork has a bare black head and neck with black flight feathers making it look a bit like a King Vulture when it soars at great heights.
|It hunts by touch, stirring up prey under water with its pink toes and scooping up its prey when it touches the end of its bill. This technique gives it the impression of being a more sedate eater than the spearing action of other storks and herons.|
|They are gregarious and groups are often seen fishing and perching together. They can travel long distances and some populations migrate seasonally often in very large flocks. Photo 3 shows only part of a flock over the southern Amazon Basin in December.|
There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 1, Page 454; and Sick, Plate 4