Marabou Stork

Leptoptilos crumeniferus

Size: Up to 152 cms high, wingspan more than 3 metres
Habitat: Savannas, swamps, river and lake margins
Feeding: Carrion, rodents and reptiles

The Marabou Stork is a very large wading bird. It is a very ugly bird with a bare head and neck similar to a vulture and a large pink sac hanging from its throat.

The underparts are white and the wings are black. The legs are grey/white.

The Marabou is a scavenger and can often be found near rubbish tips.

These photos were taken at a heronry in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, where the Marabou were tending their young in a nest made of sticks high in a tree.







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