Birds

Birds

Marabou stork


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Leptoptilos crumenifer
PROFILE:

The marabou stork may not be the most attractive bird, but we can appreciate its role in preventing the spread of disease. They are not as skilled at hunting as other storks. Instead, these sneaky storks are known for stealing scraps of food discarded by humans and carcasses from other animals. Imagine how messy the world would be without these birds to help clean up after us.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Ciconiiformes (storks, herons, egrets, and their relatives)
NATIVE TO:
Africa
CONSERVATION STATUS:
Currently Stable
DIET:
Carnivore (especially known to be a scavenger of carrion)
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Wild - up to 25 years; zoos - up to 40+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Large flocks and colonies of 20 to thousands of individuals.
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