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 pounds

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.

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Facts:

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