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Marabou Stork

Maroon-bellied Parakeet
Many-colored Rush Tyrant

About the Marabou Stork

The Marabou Stork is a large wading bird that breeds in Africa south of the Sahara. It has a huge wingspan of 10.5 feet, sharing the record of largest wingspan with the Andean Condor!

It has a nearly bald head and two inflatable air sacs - one on the upper back and another under the neck - that they inflate to defend their territory and repel intruders.

Marabou Storks adjust well to human activity and stork numbers have actually increased in some populated areas.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 December 2008
Scientific Name Leptoptilos crumeniferus
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Leptoptilos
  • L. crumeniferus
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 November 2016)
Units: Imperial Metric
43 to 60 inches
89 to 126 inches
160 to 288 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • Marabu Africký (Czech)
  • Marabu (Danish)
  • Afrikaanse Maraboe (Dutch)
  • Afrikanmarabu (Finnish)
  • Marabout d'Afrique (French)
  • Marabu (German)
  • Marabù Africano (Italian)
  • アフリカハゲコウ (Afurikahagekou) (Japanese)
  • Marabustork (Norwegian)
  • Marabut Afrykański (Polish)
  • Марабу африканский (Russian)
  • Marabú (Spanish)
  • Marabustork (Swedish)

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