Marabou stork

Marabou stork Leptoptilos crumeniferus (ESB)

ClassAves
OrderCiconiiformes
FamilyCiconiidae
Size1.5m
Weight5-7kg
Incubation30 days
Eggs2-3
Life-span15 years
Diet
carnivorous (carrion, fish, reptiles...)

Habitat
semi-arid savannah, marshland

Range
Africa


Recognisable by their unsightly physique and wide gular sacs, marabou storks belong to the same family as storks but behave more like vultures, eating mainly carrion spotted as they soar through the sky.
 
They nest in colonies of up to several hundred couples. Young are born in the dry season when there are plenty of mammal carcasses due to the lack of water and its impact on their environment.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo