Ciconia maltha

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Ciconia maltha
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Ciconia
Species: C. maltha
Binomial name
Ciconia maltha
Miller, 1910

Ciconia maltha, also known as the asphalt stork or La Brea stork, is an extinct stork from the Late Pliocene – Late Pleistocene of United States (California, Oregon, Idaho and Florida), Cuba and Bolivia. It has been found in the La Brea Tar Pits.[1]

It is a relatively large species of Ciconia, with a height of over 4 feet (1.5 meters) and a wingspan up to 9 feet (3 meters) across.[2]


  1. ^ Feduccia, J. Alan (1967). "Ciconia maltha and Grus americana from the Upper Pliocene of Idaho" (PDF). The Wilson Bulletin. 79 (3): 316–318. JSTOR 4159621. 
  2. ^ Valdes, Natali (2013). "Ciconia maltha :: Florida Museum of Natural History".