Geographical Range Africa
Habitat Savannas, open areas
Scientific Name Leptoptilos crumeniferus
Conservation Status Common

These large ungainly birds live in Africa's wetlands and open country, as well as around towns and villages. They feed on aquatic animals, the remains of lion kills, and human garbage. Marabous are also frequent invaders of flamingo flocks, where they prey on eggs and chicks. These storks breed in colonies of 20 to 60 pairs. Both parents share the job of sitting on the eggs in the nest.

Did You Know?

This stork's throat pouch contains air sacs that the bird can inflate and deflate. It may play a role in courtship.