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Marabou Stork - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Max Holdt
Etosha National Park, Namibia, March 2005
Leptoptilos crumeniferus


115–152 cm (45¼-60 in)

  • Bare head and neck
  • Black back
  • White underparts
  • Large bill
  • Pink throat sack
  • Neck ruff
  • Black legs and wings

The sexes are alike
Young birds are browner with a smaller bill. They take up to four years to fully mature.


Photo by Paul Tiller
Masai Mara, Kenya, September 2009

Sub-Saharan Africa .


This is a monotypic species[1].


Wet and arid habitats.



It builds a tree nest in which 2-3 eggs are laid.


Diet includes different kinds of animals, either alive or as carrion, including small mammals, reptiles, and similar prey. Living prey includes termites, fish, locusts, grasshoppers, caterpillars, frogs, rodents, crocodile eggs and hatchlings, quelea nestlings, doves, young and adult flamingos, cormorant nestlings, and pelican chicks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avian Web

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