Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52473

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Ciconiidae
Genus:Leptoptilos
Genus species:Leptoptilos crumeniferus

Animal Characteristics

Height:1.5 m
Identification:The marabou stork has a naked pink head and neck, a long dangling throat sac, black and white plumage, and a white ruff at the base of the neck.
Habitat:Savannas, plains, marshes
Diet:Carnivore: carrion, termites, snakes, flamingos, baby crocodiles
Reproduction:Marabou storks nest in trees during the dry season. Both sexes incubate their 305 eggs for a total of 30-50 days. The chicks stay with their parents for four months after fledging.
The marabou stork is fairly social and colonial during the breeding season. It feeds in flocks, often with other species such as vultures.
Behavior:Marabou storks defecate on their legs and feet to help regulate body temperature. Their throat sac is air-filled and used for courtship or breathing.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the only stork species that eats carrion.

Other Information

Geographic:Africa Date:1972-10 Subjects:long-legged wading bird
Marabou stork
Storks
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52473