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Marabou Stork

Zoo Location: Wetland
Marabou Stork
Habitat

Grassy plains, swampy areas, rivers with sandbanks, shores of lakes.

Wild Diet

Carrion, locusts, frogs and small birds.

Behaviour

The marabou stork is a scavenger, sometimes flying with vultures to seek carcasses. It is usually silent but has a croaking alarm call and, when breeding, claps its bill and makes a variety of grunting sounds. The marabou stork is not active for much of the day, resting with its bill cushioned on the fleshy pouch. The purpose of this throat pouch is not certain; it may be for display, for cooling or it may be for supporting the beak.

Breeding

The nest is a platform of sticks built in trees or on cliffs. 2-3 eggs are incubated for 29-30 days.

Threats

This bird is currently not under threat.

Conservation

This species is classified as of Least Concern.

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Leptoptilos crumeniferus
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Ciconiiformes
  • Family: Ciconiidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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