Mycteria – Tropical storks

Large tropical storks with one American teammate

The name of the genus comes from the Greek word muktēr, meaning snout, and Latin -ius, denoting resemblance.

The wood stork is a bit smaller, having a white body, bare neck, and wrinkly head with long black legs, while the other three are larger with reddish legs and a colorful patch of skin on the face.

The geographic distribution of all four species is different; they are not true migrants. They particularly dine on fish. They are diurnal except for wood storks. There is no vocalization in all four species. The painted storks and Milky storks are hybridized both in captivity and wild.