Dean M. Chriss
Wood Stork, South Florida

Wood Stork Portrait, South Florida

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Wood storks are large birds, measuring 33 to 45 inches (83–115 cm) tall with a wingspan of 58 to 71 inches (140–180 cm). Storks are tropical and subtropical birds, and this is the only stork that currently breeds in North America. There is a small and endangered breeding population in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, along with a recently discovered rookery in southeastern North Carolina.