Marabou Stork Fact Sheet

Class:
Aves
Order:
Ciconiiformes
Family:
Ciconiiformes
Genus:
leptoptilos
Species:
crumeniferus 
Lifespan:
25 years
Gestation:
30 days
Number of Young:
2 – 3
Size:
Wingspan of 8.5 ft
Length of about 5 ft
Weight:
Up to 20 lb
Reproduction:
Colonial breeder. Builds a tree nest during the dry season in which 2 or 3 eggs are laid.
Range:
Native to tropical Africa
Habitat:
Found in Sub-Saharan Africa in both wet and arid habitats. Often lives near human habitation and refuse.
Diet:
Freshly caught diet during mating season consists of termites, fish, frogs, small mammals, young crocodiles and flamingoes. Mainly carrion and human waste during the rest of the year.
Description:
Large, upright standing stork with a bare face and neck, with a tuft of white plumage 'hair'. They have black wings, dorsal body, and legs, with white ventral plumage. The straight bill is approximately 12 in. long.

 

Fun Fact:

  • These birds have no voice box, and therefore are mute. They communicate by clattering their bills loudly.

 

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